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ECHARPE: a fiber-fed echelle spectrograph for the Pico dos Dias Observatory
Author(s): Tania P. Dominici; Bruno Castilho; Clemens D. Gneiding; Bernard A. Delabre; Vanessa B. P. Macanhan; Marcio V. de Arruda; Antonio C. de Oliveira; Jorge Melendez; Luiz P. R. Vaz; Wagner J. B. Corradi; Gabriel A. P. Franco; Jose D. do Nascimento Jr.; Germano R. Quast; Gustavo F. Porto de Mello
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Paper Abstract

At least during the last ten years, the Brazilian astronomical community has been asking for an echelle spectrograph for the 1.6 m telescope installed at Pico dos Dias Observatory (Brazópolis, MG, Brazil, OPD/MCTI/LNA). Among the scientific cases are topics related to the chemical evolution of the Galaxy, asteroseismology, chemical composition and chromospheric activities of solar type stars and the relations between solar analogues and terrestrial planets. During 2009 the project finally got started. The called ECHARPE spectrograph (Espectrógrafo ECHelle de Alta Resolução para o telescópio Perkin-Elmer) is being projected to offer a spectral resolution of R ~ 50000, in the range 390-900 nm and with a single exposition. It will be a bench spectrograph with two channels: blue and red, fed by two optical fibers (object, sky or calibration) with aperture of 1.5 or 2.0 arcseconds. The instrument will be placed in one of the telescope pillar ramification, in the originals installations of a Coudé spectrograph and in a specially created environment controlled room. In this work we will present the scientific motivations, the conceptual optical design, the expected performance of the spectrograph, and the status of its development. ECHARPE is expected to be delivered to the astronomical community in 2014, fully prepared and optimized for remote operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 844636 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925674
Show Author Affiliations
Tania P. Dominici, Lab. Nacional de Astrofísica (Brazil)
Bruno Castilho, Lab. Nacional de Astrofísica (Brazil)
Clemens D. Gneiding, Lab. Nacional de Astrofísica (Brazil)
Bernard A. Delabre, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Vanessa B. P. Macanhan, Lab. Nacional de Astrofísica (Brazil)
Marcio V. de Arruda, Lab. Nacional de Astrofísica (Brazil)
Antonio C. de Oliveira, Lab. Nacional de Astrofísica (Brazil)
Jorge Melendez, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)
Luiz P. R. Vaz, Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Wagner J. B. Corradi, Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Gabriel A. P. Franco, Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Jose D. do Nascimento Jr., Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil)
Germano R. Quast, Lab. Nacional de Astrofísica (Brazil)
Gustavo F. Porto de Mello, Univ. Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

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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