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A passive cost-effective solution for the high accuracy wavelength calibration of radial velocity spectrographs
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Paper Abstract

Today, the RV technique has pushed the planet detection limits down to super-earths but the reach the precision required to detect earth-like planets it is necessary to reach a precision around 1cm s-1. While a significant part of the error budget is the incompressible photon noise, another part is the noise in the wavelength calibration of the spectrograph. In the past 3 years the Observatory of Geneva has designed, built and tested an commissioned 2 wavelength calibrator systems based on a Fabry-Perot (FP) interferometer with great success. The calibrator system demonstrated 10 cm s-1 stability over one night and 1 m s-1 over 60 days. By improving the system injecting the calibration light into the calibration fiber of the spectrograph we are aiming at 1 m s-1 repeatability over the long term. This technique is now being extended to cover the near infrared to the K band in the frame of the SPIROU project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84468E (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926841
Show Author Affiliations
Françcis Wildi, Observatoire de l'Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Bruno Chazelas, Observatoire de l'Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Francesco Pepe, Observatoire de l'Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)


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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