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DMD-based MOS demonstrator on Galileo Telescope
Author(s): Frederic Zamkotsian; Paolo Spanò; Laurent Martin; Marco Riva; Patrick Lanzoni; Filippo Zerbi; Luca Valenziano; Luciano Nicastro
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Paper Abstract

Multi-Object Spectrographs (MOS) are the major instruments for studying primary galaxies and remote and faint objects. Current object selection systems are limited and/or difficult to implement in next generation MOS for space and ground-based telescopes. A promising solution is the use of MOEMS devices such as micromirror arrays which allow the remote control of the multi-slit configuration in real time. We are developing a Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) - based spectrograph demonstrator. We want to access the largest FOV with the highest contrast. The selected component is a DMD chip from Texas Instruments in 2048 x 1080 mirrors format, with a pitch of 13.68μm. Such component has been also studied by our team for application in EUCLID-NIS. Our optical design is an all-reflective spectrograph design with F/4 on the DMD component. This demonstrator permits the study of key parameters such as throughput, contrast and ability to remove unwanted sources in the FOV (background, spoiler sources), PSF effect, spectrum stability on the detector. This study will be conducted in the visible with possible extension in the IR. A breadboard on an optical bench has been developed for a preliminary determination of these parameters. The demonstrator on the sky is then of prime importance for characterizing the actual performance of this new family of instruments, as well as investigating the operational procedures on astronomical objects. This demonstrator will be studied in order to be placed on the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo during next year.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77356E (20 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858100
Show Author Affiliations
Frederic Zamkotsian, Lab d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Paolo Spanò, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Laurent Martin, Lab d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Marco Riva, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Patrick Lanzoni, Lab d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Filippo Zerbi, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Luca Valenziano, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
Luciano Nicastro, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7735:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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