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6 July 2006 An integral field unit for X-shooter
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X-shooter is a new high-efficiency integral field spectrograph mainly dedicated to the spectroscopic follow up of the gamma ray bursts. X-shooter will operate at the Cassegrain focus of the VLT with an intermediate spectral resolution of ~5000, and will provide a very wide simultaneous spectral coverage, ranging from 320 to 2500 nm. The instrument consists in a central structure which supports three prism cross-dispersed echelle spectrographs respectively optimized for the UV-blue, Visible and Near-IR wavelength ranges. X-shooter will offer an image slicer based Integral Field Unit (IFU) designed to analyse a 1.8"x4" input field into 3 slices of 0.6"x4"and to align then on a 12" long slit. The principle of the IFU is that the central slice does not include any dioptre, the light is directly transmitted to the spectrographs. Only the two lateral sliced fields are reflected toward the two pairs of spherical mirrors and re-aligned at both ends of the previous slice in order to form the exit slit. We present here the IFU design developed at the Observatoire de Paris.
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Isabelle Guinouard, David Horville, Mathieu Puech, François Hammer, Jean-Philippe Amans, Fanny Chemla, Hans Dekker, and Ruben Mazzoleni "An integral field unit for X-shooter", Proc. SPIE 6273, Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy, 62733R (6 July 2006);


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