GRACES: Gemini remote access to CFHT ESPaDOnS spectrograph through the longest astronomical fiber ever made: Experimental phase completed

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1117/12.2057417
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TypeArticle
Proceedings titleSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings
ConferenceAdvances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation, 23 June 2014 through 27 June 2014
ISSN0277-786X
ISBN9780819496195
Volume9151
Article number915147
SubjectFibers; Optical fibers; Spectrographs; Spectroscopic analysis; Spectroscopy; Acquisition time; ESPaDOnS; Focal ratio degradation; High resolution; High-resolution spectroscopy; Optical; Optical regions; Resolution power; Telescopes
AbstractThe Gemini Remote Access to CFHT ESPaDONS Spectrograph has achieved first light of its experimental phase in May 2014. It successfully collected light from the Gemini North telescope and sent it through two 270 m optical fibers to the the ESPaDOnS spectrograph at CFHT to deliver high-resolution spectroscopy across the optical region. The fibers gave an average focal ratio degradation of 14% on sky, and a maximum transmittance of 85% at 800nm. GRACES achieved delivering spectra with a resolution power of R = 40,000 and R = 66,000 between 400 and 1,000 nm. It has a ∼8% throughput and is sensitive to target fainter than 21st mag in 1 hour. The average acquisition time of a target is around 10 min. This project is a great example of a productive collaboration between two observatories on Maunakea that was successful due to the reciprocal involvement of the Gemini, CFHT, and NRC Herzberg teams, and all the staff involved closely or indirectly.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC); National Science Infrastructure
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Record created2015-07-14
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