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The SALT HRS spectrograph: final design, instrument capabilities, and operational modes
Author(s): D. G. Bramall; R. Sharples; L. Tyas; J. Schmoll; P. Clark; P. Luke; N. Looker; N. A. Dipper; S. Ryan; D. A. H. Buckley; J. Brink; S. I. Barnes
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Paper Abstract

The high-resolution échelle spectrograph, SALT HRS, is at an advanced stage of construction and will shortly become available to the user community of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). This paper presents a commentary on the construction progress to date and gives the instrument's final specification with refined estimates for its performance based on the initial testing of the optics and the science-grade detectors. It also contributes a discussion of how the fibre input optics have been tailored to specific scientific aspirations to give four distinct operational modes. Finally, the use of the instrument is discussed in the context of the most common science cases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77354F (20 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856382
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D. G. Bramall, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
R. Sharples, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
L. Tyas, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
J. Schmoll, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
P. Clark, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
P. Luke, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
N. Looker, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
N. A. Dipper, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
S. Ryan, Univ. of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom)
D. A. H. Buckley, South African Large Telescope, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
J. Brink, South African Large Telescope, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
S. I. Barnes, Univ. of Canterbury (New Zealand)

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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