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MEGARA focal plane subsystems
Author(s): A. Pérez-Calpena; X. Arrillaga; A. Gil de Paz; E. Sánchez-Blanco; M. L. García-Vargas; M. A. Carrera; J. Gallego; E. Carrasco; F. M. Sanchez; J. M. Vílchez
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Paper Abstract

MEGARA (Multi-Espectrógrafo en GTC de Alta Resolución para Astronomía) is the future optical Integral-Field Unit (IFU) and Multi-Object Spectrograph (MOS) for GTC. The Fiber Units are placed at one Folded Cassegrain focus and feed the spectrograph located on a Nasmyth-type platform. This paper summarizes the status of the design of the MEGARA Folded Cassegrain Subsystems after the PDR (held on March 2012), as well as the prototyping that has been carried out during this phase. The MEGARA Fiber Unit has two IFUs: a Large Compact Bundle covering 12.5 arcsec x 11.3 arcsec on sky (100 microns fiber-core), and a Small Compact Bundle, of 8.5 arcsec x 6.7 arcsec (70 microns fiber-core), plus a Fiber MOS positioner, able to place up to 100 mini-bundles 7 fibers each (100 microns fiber-core) in MOS configuration within a 3.5arcmin x 3.5arcmin FOV. A field lens provides a telecentric focal plane where the fibers are located. Microlens arrays couple the telescope beam to the collimator focal ratio at the entrance of the fibers (providing the f/17 to f/3 focal ratio reduction to enter into the fibers). Finally, the fibers, organized in bundles, end in the pseudo-slit plate, which will be placed at the entrance focal plane of the MEGARA spectrographs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84465E (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926068
Show Author Affiliations
A. Pérez-Calpena, FRACTAL S.L.N.E (Spain)
X. Arrillaga, AVS (Spain)
A. Gil de Paz, Univ. Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
E. Sánchez-Blanco, FRACTAL S.L.N.E (Spain)
M. L. García-Vargas, FRACTAL S.L.N.E (Spain)
M. A. Carrera, AVS (Spain)
J. Gallego, Univ. Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
E. Carrasco, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Mexico)
F. M. Sanchez, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
J. M. Vílchez, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)


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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