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Performance of the integral field spectrograph for the Gemini Planet Imager
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Paper Abstract

We present performance results, from in-lab testing, of the Integral Field Spectrograph (IFS) for the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI). GPI is a facility class instrument for the Gemini Observatory with the primary goal of directly detecting young Jovian planets. The GPI IFS is based on concepts from the OSIRIS instrument at Keck and utilizes an infrared transmissive lenslet array to sample a rectangular 2.8 x 2.8 arcsecond field of view. The IFS provides low-resolution spectra across five bands between 1 and 2.5μm. Alternatively, the dispersing element can be replaced with a Wollaston prism to provide broadband polarimetry across the same five filter bands. The IFS construction was based at the University of California, Los Angeles in collaboration with the Université de Montr eal, Immervision and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. During its construction, we encountered an unusual noise source from microphonic pickup by the Hawaii-2RG detector. We describe this noise and how we eliminated it through vibration isolation. The IFS has passed its preship review and was shipped to University of California, Santa Cruz at the end of 2011 for integration with the remaining sub-systems of GPI. The IFS has been integrated with the rest of GPI and is delivering high quality spectral datacubes of GPI's coronagraphic field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84468W (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925790
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Jeffrey K. Chilcote, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
James E. Larkin, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Jérôme Maire, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Marshall D. Perrin, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Michael P. Fitzgerald, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
René Doyon, Univ. de Montréal (Canada)
Simon Thibault, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Brian Bauman, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Bruce A. Macintosh, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
James R. Graham, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Les Saddlemyer, Hertzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada (Canada)


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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