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Optical design of the high-resolution near-infrared spectrograph
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Paper Abstract

HRNIRS is an extremely versatile high-resolution infrared facility spectrograph designed for the Gemini South telescope. Operating over the 1.05 - 5.5 micron wavelength range, it has the capability to carry out a wide range of scientific programs by incorporating two separate modes of operation. The first is a conventional single slit cross-dispersed mode providing spectral resolution R ~ 70000 with a 0.4 arcsec slit over as much as an octave in wavelength, thus covering most of the JHK or LM windows in a single observation. In this mode the spectrograph accepts the Gemini seeing-limited f/16 input over a small field. A built-in modulator and polarizer allow HRNIRS to measure both linear and circular polarization. The second mode is a moderately-high resolution (R ~ 30000) spectrograph observing multiple objects simultaneously within a 2 arcmin field fed by the f/33.2 Gemini MCAO beam. In this paper, we discuss the optical design considerations, present the resulting design and show that the predicted performance meets the design requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2006
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 6269, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, 62694E (29 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671895
Show Author Affiliations
Ming Liang, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
R. R. Joyce, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
S. S. Eikenberry, Univ. of Florida (United States)
K. H. Hinkle, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
G. P. Muller, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Jian Ge, Univ. of Florida (United States)
David Sprayberry, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6269:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
Ian S. McLean; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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