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Numerical simulation of the VLT/MUSE instrument
Author(s): Aurélien Jarno; Roland Bacon; Pierre Ferruit; Arlette Pécontal-Rousset
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Paper Abstract

The Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument is a second-generation integral-field spectrograph in development for the Very Large Telescope (VLT), operating in the visible and near IR wavelength range (465-930 nm). Given the complexity of MUSE we have developed a numerical model of the instrument, which includes the whole chain of acquisition from the atmosphere down to the telescope and including the detectors, and taking into account both optical aberrations and diffraction effects. In this paper we present the software, discuss the problems that have been encountered and the solutions that have been implemented, and we conclude by presenting examples of simulations.

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Date Published: 11 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7017, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III, 701710 (11 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789064
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Aurélien Jarno, Univ. de Lyon, Observatoire de Lyon, CNRS (France)
Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)
Roland Bacon, Univ. de Lyon, Observatoire de Lyon, CNRS (France)
Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)
Pierre Ferruit, Univ. de Lyon, Observatoire de Lyon, CNRS (France)
Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)
Arlette Pécontal-Rousset, Univ. de Lyon, Observatoire de Lyon, CNRS (France)
Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7017:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III
George Z. Angeli; Martin J. Cullum, Editor(s)

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