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Mechanical design of NESSI: New Mexico Tech extrasolar spectroscopic survey instrument
Author(s): Fernando G. Santoro; Andres M. Olivares; Christopher D. Salcido; Stephen R. Jimenez; Colby A. Jurgenson; Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Michael A. Hrynevych; Luke M. Schmidt; Heather Bloemhard; Matt Napolitano; Robert Selina; Penelope J. Boston; Gautam Vasisht; Mark R. Swain; Pieter D. Deroo
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Paper Abstract

NESSI: the New Mexico Tech Extrasolar Spectroscopic Survey Instrument is a ground-based multi-object spectrograph that operates in the near-infrared. It will be installed on one of the Nasmyth ports of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO) 2.4-meter Telescope. NESSI operates stationary to the telescope fork so as not to produce differential flexure between internal opto-mechanical components during or between observations. In this paper we report on NESSI's detailed mechanical and opto-mechanical design, and the planning for mechanical construction, assembly, integration and verification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84469G (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926282
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Fernando G. Santoro, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology/MRO (United States)
Andres M. Olivares, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology/MRO (United States)
Christopher D. Salcido, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology/MRO (United States)
Stephen R. Jimenez, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology/MRO (United States)
Colby A. Jurgenson, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology/MRO (United States)
Michelle J. Creech-Eakman, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology/MRO (United States)
Michael A. Hrynevych, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology/MRO (United States)
Luke M. Schmidt, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Heather Bloemhard, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology/MRO (United States)
Matt Napolitano, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Robert Selina, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology/MRO (United States)
Penelope J. Boston, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Gautam Vasisht, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mark R. Swain, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Pieter D. Deroo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


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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