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The Oxford SWIFT Spectrograph: first commissioning and on-sky results
Author(s): Niranjan Thatte; Mathias Tecza; Fraser Clarke; Timothy Goodsall; Lisa Fogarty; Ryan Houghton; Graeme Salter; Nicholas Scott; Roger L. Davies; Antonin Bouchez; Richard Dekany
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Paper Abstract

The Oxford SWIFT spectrograph, an I & z band (6500-10500 A) integral field spectrograph, is designed to operate as a facility instrument at the 200 inch Hale Telescope on Palomar Mountain, in conjunction with the Palomar laser guide star adaptive optics system PALAO (and its upgrade to PALM3000). SWIFT provides spectra at R(≡λ/▵λ)~4000 of a contiguous two-dimensional field, 44 x 89 spatial pixels (spaxels) in size, at spatial scales of 0.235";, 0.16", and 0.08" per spaxel. It employs two 250μm thick, fully depleted, extremely red sensitive 4k X 2k CCD detector arrays (manufactured by LBNL) that provide excellent quantum efficiency out to 1000 nm. We describe the commissioning observations and present the measured values of a number of instrument parameters. We also present some first science results that give a taste of the range of science programs where SWIFT can have a substantial impact.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2010
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77357Y (20 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857484
Show Author Affiliations
Niranjan Thatte, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Mathias Tecza, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Fraser Clarke, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Timothy Goodsall, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Lisa Fogarty, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Ryan Houghton, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Graeme Salter, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Nicholas Scott, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Roger L. Davies, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Antonin Bouchez, California Institute of Technology Optical Observatories (United States)
Richard Dekany, California Institute of Technology Optical Observatories (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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