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7 March 2003 ARCES: an echelle spectrograph for the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) 3.5m telescope
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A new echelle spectrograph was commissioned in 1999 for the ARC 3.5 meter telescope. The key features of the instrument are that it has a resolution of 9 km/sec, limited by the pixel size of the CCD; has no moving parts behind the slit during observation; provides complete spectral coverage from 3200A to 10000A, limited by the prism cross disperser material on the blue side and by the CCD sensitivity on the red side; provides blazeless spectra; achieves S/N>3000; and is remotely operable. The instrument is being used for studies of abundances in stars and for a large survey of diffuse interstellar bands.
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Shu-i Wang, Roger H. Hildebrand, Lewis M Hobbs, Stephen J. Heimsath, Gary Kelderhouse, Robert F. Loewenstein, Solly Lucero, Constance M. Rockosi, Dale Sandford, Jeffrey L. Sundwall, Julie A Thorburn, and Donald G. York "ARCES: an echelle spectrograph for the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) 3.5m telescope", Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003);

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