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Cross-breeding of a BEAR and a TIGER: the ultimate imaging Fourier transform spectrometer?
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BEAR is a high-resolution imaging FTS in operation on the CFH Telescope, obtained by the coupling of a step-scan FTS and a near IR camera. TIGER is a integral field spectrometer (IFS) for the visible, which was in operation at CFHT, in which a microlens array segments a small entrance field. A new version (OASIS() has been made to be used behind an adaptive optics system, leading to an even smaller field of view. By adapting a TIGER-type field segmentation on an imaging FTS, the instrument remains an IFS more versatile than each instrument taken separately. Such an instrument would be characterized by the access to the same spatial resolution, but on a field larger than with a TIGER instrument, a larger spectral coverage, a continuously chosen spectral resolution as in an FTS, and a better sensitivity than a BEAR instrument. For that, a mosaic of microlens array, made in an IR glass transparent between 1 and 5 microns, is paving one input port of a large field dual-output port interferometer which has a provision for a mirror travel of 5 mm, giving the choice for a resolution up to 104 at 1.7 micrometers . A prism on each output beam disperse the entrance points which are imaged on InSb array. A camera on each output beam records an image at each step of the FTS. This concept can be of interest for the instrumentation of a large ground-based telescope or better for a NGST.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4008, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395518
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Jean-Pierre Maillard, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (France)
Roland Bacon, Observatoire de Lyon (France)

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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