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The FIRE infrared spectrometer at Magellan: construction and commissioning
Author(s): Robert A. Simcoe; Adam J. Burgasser; John J. Bochanski; Paul L. Schechter; Rebecca A. Bernstein; Bruce C. Bigelow; Judith L. Pipher; William Forrest; Craig McMurtry; Matthew J. Smith; Jason Fishner
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Paper Abstract

We describe the construction and commissioning of FIRE, a new 0.8-2.5μm echelle spectrometer for the Magellan/ Baade 6.5 meter telescope. FIRE delivers continuous spectra over its full bandpass with nominal spectral resolution R = 6000. Additionally it offers a longslit mode dispersed by the prisms alone, covering the full z to K bands at R ~ 350. FIRE was installed at Magellan in March 2010 and is now performing shared-risk science observations. It is delivering sharp image quality and its throughput is sufficient to allow early observations of high redshift quasars and faint brown dwarfs. This paper outlines several of the new or unique design choices we employed in FIRE's construction, as well as early returns from its on-sky performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 773514 (15 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856088
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Robert A. Simcoe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Adam J. Burgasser, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
John J. Bochanski, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Paul L. Schechter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Rebecca A. Bernstein, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Bruce C. Bigelow, UC Observatories, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Judith L. Pipher, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
William Forrest, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Craig McMurtry, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Matthew J. Smith, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Jason Fishner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7735:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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