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MODS: optical design for a multi-object dual spectrograph
Author(s): Paul Laurence Byard; Thomas P. O'Brien
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Paper Abstract

The paper describes the optical design for the Multi Object Dual Spectrograph (MODS) for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). MODS is designed to cover the entire spectrum accessible to silicon CCDs from a ground-based telescope with the highest possible throughput. Multi-object capability is available using 0.6 arc-minute in diameter with reduce image quality. Under the very best seeing conditions and with the LBT adaptive optics in operation, slit widths of 0.3 arc-seconds can be used to enhance the resolving power and/or reduce the background. The optical path is divided into blue and red channels by a dichroic beam splitter following the slit masks. The blue channel covers a wavelength range from the atmospheric cut-off at approximately 300 nm to approximately 550 nm while the red channel covers the range from approximately 550 nm to the limit of useful sensitivity of silicon CCDs. This approach allows the optimization of transmissive and reflective coatings to provide the very highest throughput for each channel. The design is conventional in the use of reflective parabolic collimators. However, the cameras are designed as decentered Schmidt/Maksutovs with large aspheric coefficients for the inner surfaces of the correctors. This approach enables the field flatteners and detector to be positioned outside the beam entering the camera where it will not vignette. Figures are presented showing image quality for imaging and spectrographic modes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4008, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395415
Show Author Affiliations
Paul Laurence Byard, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Thomas P. O'Brien, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4008:
Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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