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Square-core bundles for astronomical imaging
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Paper Abstract

Optical fibre imaging bundles (hexabundles) are proving to be the next logical step for large galaxy surveys as they offer spatially-resolved spectroscopy of galaxies and can be used with conventional fibre positioners. Hexabundles have been effectively demonstrated in the Sydney-AAO Multi-object IFS (SAMI) instrument at the Anglo- Australian Telescope[5]. Based on the success of hexabundles that have circular cores, we have characterised a bundle made instead from square-core fibres. Square cores naturally pack more evenly, which reduces the interstitial holes and can increase the covering, or filling fraction. Furthermore the regular packing simplifies the process of combining and dithering the final images. We discuss the relative issues of filling fraction, focal ratio degradation (FRD), and cross-talk, and find that square-core bundles perform well enough to warrant further development as a format for imaging fibre bundles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84466K (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925127
Show Author Affiliations
Julia J. Bryant, Sydney Institute for Astronomy, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
CAASTRO (Australia)
Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Sydney Institute for Astronomy, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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