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WFOS: a wide field optical spectrograph for the Thirty Meter Telescope
Author(s): John S. Pazder; Scott Roberts; Roberto Abraham; Andre Anthony; Murray Fletcher; Tim Hardy; David Loop; Simon Sun
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Paper Abstract

WFOS (Wide Field Optical Spectrograph) will provide near-UV, visible and near-IR multi-object spectroscopy and imaging capabilities for the TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope). The instrument concept is a multi-barrel approach, with four separate fields on the telescope focal plane providing a total of 92.4 square arcminutes of coverage. The core wavelength coverage is 340nm to 1000nm with an optional near-IR extension to 1.6 microns. Each barrel feeds two cameras allowing simultaneous spectral coverage in the blue and red. Spectral resolutions range from R150 to R7500 for a 0.75" slit using standard ruled transmission gratings and VPH technology. A GLAO (Ground Layer Adaptive Optics) system utilizing the TMT adaptive secondary mirror is included in the instrument concept. This paper describes the scientific goals for WFOS and the overall instrument mechanical, optical and system design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6269, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, 62691X (29 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672712
Show Author Affiliations
John S. Pazder, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Scott Roberts, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Roberto Abraham, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Andre Anthony, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Murray Fletcher, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Tim Hardy, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
David Loop, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Simon Sun, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council Canada (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6269:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
Ian S. McLean; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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