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The VIMOS upgrade programme
Author(s): Peter Hammersley; Hans Dekker; Fernando Selman; Paul Bristow; Pierre Bourget; Roland Brast; Roberto Castillo; Mark Downing; Cesar Enrique Garcia-Dabo; Nicholas Haddad; Michael Hilker; Carlo Izzo; Jean-Louis Lizon; Christian Lucuix; Vincenzo Mainieri; Steffen Mieske; Dan Popovic; Claudio Reinero; Marina Rejkuba; Chester Rojas; Ruben Sanchez-Janssen; Alain Smette; Josefina Urrutia Del Rio; Javier Valenzuela; Burkhard Wolff
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Paper Abstract

The high multiplex advantage of VIMOS, the VLT visible imager and multi-object/integral-field spectrometer, makes it a powerful instrument for large-scale spectroscopic surveys of faint sources. Following community input and recommendations by ESO's Science and Technology Committee, in 2009 it was decided to upgrade the instrument. This included installing an active flexure compensation system and replacing the detectors with CCDs that have a far better red sensitivity and less fringing. Significant changes have also been made to the hardware, maintenance and operational procedures of the instrument with the aim of improving availability and productivity. Improvements have also been made to the data reduction pipeline. The upgrade will end in 2012 and the results of the program will be presented here.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84465M (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925132
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Hammersley, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Hans Dekker, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Fernando Selman, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Paul Bristow, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pierre Bourget, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Roland Brast, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Roberto Castillo, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Mark Downing, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Cesar Enrique Garcia-Dabo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Nicholas Haddad, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Michael Hilker, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Carlo Izzo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jean-Louis Lizon, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christian Lucuix, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Vincenzo Mainieri, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Steffen Mieske, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Dan Popovic, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Claudio Reinero, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Marina Rejkuba, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Chester Rojas, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Ruben Sanchez-Janssen, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Alain Smette, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Josefina Urrutia Del Rio, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Javier Valenzuela, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Burkhard Wolff, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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