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Performance of UVES, the echelle spectrograph for the ESO VLT and highlights of the first observations of stars and quasars
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Paper Abstract

UVES is a dual beam echelle spectrograph installed at the Nasmyth focus of the UT2 telescope of the ESO VLT since October 1999. It can reach a resolution of 80000 and 115000 in the blue and red arm, respectively. The instrument is characterized by great stability and high efficiency. The smooth operation of both the new telescope and instrument has lead to a remarkable number of highly interesting scientific observations during commissioning. Examples of scientific work on these data are presented to illustrate the unique UV efficiency, the resolving power and high S/N capability and far red efficiency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4005, Discoveries and Research Prospects from 8- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes, (29 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390133
Show Author Affiliations
Sandro D'Odorico, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Stefano Cristiani, European Southern Observatory (Italy)
Hans Dekker, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Vanessa Hill, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andreas Kaufer, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Tae-Sun Kim, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Francesca Primas, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4005:
Discoveries and Research Prospects from 8- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes
Jacqueline Bergeron, Editor(s)

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