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NESSI: an optimized Near-Infrared (NIR) Multi-Object Spectrograph (MOS) for exoplanet studies
Author(s): M. J. Creech-Eakman; C. A. Jurgenson; F. G. Santoro; H. Bloemhard; P. J. Boston; P. D. Deroo; M. Hrynevych; S. R. Jimenez; A. M. Olivares; M. Napolitano; C. D. Salcido; L. M. Schmidt; R. Selina; M. R. Swain; G. Vasisht
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Paper Abstract

NESSI: the New Mexico Tech Extra(solar)planet Spectroscopic Survey Instrument is a ground-based multi-object spectrograph that operates in the near-infrared and is being deployed this fall at the Magdalena Ridge Observatory 2.4 m telescope. When completed later this year, it is expected to be used to characterize the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets with unprecedented ground-based accuracies down to about K = 9 magnitude. The superior capabilities of NEESI for this type of work lay, in part, in the design philosophy used for the instrument which is well-focused on the exoplanet case. We report here on this design philosophy, detail and status of the design and assembly, and preparation for first light in the fall of 2012.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84467Y (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927173
Show Author Affiliations
M. J. Creech-Eakman, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
C. A. Jurgenson, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
F. G. Santoro, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
H. Bloemhard, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
P. J. Boston, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
P. D. Deroo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
M. Hrynevych, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
S. R. Jimenez, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
A. M. Olivares, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
M. Napolitano, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
C. D. Salcido, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
L. M. Schmidt, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
R. Selina, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
M. R. Swain, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
G. Vasisht, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

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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