Gemini multiobject spectrographs

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1117/12.316838
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TypeArticle
Proceedings titleInstrumentation for the Gemini, Converted MMT, and Magellan Telescopes
Series titleProceedings of SPIE; no. 3355
ConferenceOptical Astronomical Instrumentation, March 20, 1998, Kona, HI
ISSN0277-786X
Pages188195; # of pages: 8
AbstractAs the only two optical instruments appearing in its first fleet of instrumentation, the GEMINI MultiObject Spectrograph (GMOS) are indeed being developed as workhorse instruments. One GMOS will be located at each of the GEMINI telescopes to perform: (1) exquisite direct imaging, (2) 5.5 arcminute longslit spectroscopy, (3) up to 600 object multislit spectroscopy, and (4) about 2000 element integral field spectroscopy. The GMOSs are the only GEMINI instrumentation duplicated at both telescopes. The UK and Canadian GMOS team successfully completed their critical design review in February 1997. They are now well into the fabrication phase, and will soon approach integration of the first instrument. The first GMOS is scheduled to be delivered to Mauna Kea in the fall of '99 and the second to Cerro Pachon one year later. In this paper, we will look at how a few of the more interesting details of the final GMOS design help meet its demanding scientific requirements. These include its transmissive optical design and mask handling mechanisms. We will also discuss our plans for the mask handling process in GEMINI's queue scheduled environment, from the taking of direct images through to the use of masks on the telescope. Finally, we present the status of fabrication and integration work to date.
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PublisherSociety of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers
LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics; National Research Council Canada
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NPARC number21275400
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