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Final design of SITELLE: a wide-field imaging Fourier transform spectrometer for the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
Author(s): F. Grandmont; L. Drissen; Julie Mandar; S. Thibault; Marc Baril
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Paper Abstract

We report here on the current status of SITELLE, an imaging Fourier transform spectrometer to be installed on the Canada-France Hawaii Telescope in 2013. SITELLE is an Integral Field Unit (IFU) spectrograph capable of obtaining the visible (350 nm – 900 nm) spectrum of every pixel of a 2k x 2k CCD imaging a field of view of 11 x 11 arcminutes, with 100% spatial coverage and a spectral resolution ranging from R = 1 (deep panchromatic image) to R < 104 (for gas dynamics). SITELLE will cover a field of view 100 to 1000 times larger than traditional IFUs, such as GMOS-IFU on Gemini or the upcoming MUSE on the VLT. SITELLE follows on the legacy of BEAR, an imaging conversion of the CFHT FTS and the direct successor of SpIOMM, a similar instrument attached to the 1.6-m telescope of the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic in Québec. SITELLE will be used to study the structure and kinematics of HII regions and ejecta around evolved stars in the Milky Way, emission-line stars in clusters, abundances in nearby gas-rich galaxies, and the star formation rate in distant galaxies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84460U (5 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926782
Show Author Affiliations
F. Grandmont, ABB (Canada)
L. Drissen, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Julie Mandar, ABB (Canada)
S. Thibault, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Marc Baril, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (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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