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6 July 2006 Prototype development of the integral-field unit for VIRUS
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VIRUS is a planned integral-field instrument for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET). In order to achieve a large field-of-view and high grasp at reasonable costs, the approach is to replicate integral-field units (IFU) and medium sized spectrographs many times. The Astrophysical Institute Potsdam (AIP) contributes to VIRUS with the development and testing of the IFU prototype. While the overall project is presented by Hill et al.1, this paper describes the opto-mechanical design and the manufacture of the fiber-based IFU subsystem. The initial VIRUS development aims to produce a prototype and to measure its performance. Additionally, techniques will be investigated to allow industrial replication of the highly specific fiber-bundle layout. This will be necessary if this technique is to be applied to the next generation of even larger astronomical instrumentation.
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Andreas Kelz, Svend M. Bauer, Frank Grupp, Gary J. Hill, Emil Popow, Povilas Palunas, Martin M. Roth, Phillip J. MacQueen, and Ute Tripphahn "Prototype development of the integral-field unit for VIRUS", Proc. SPIE 6273, Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy, 62733W (6 July 2006);


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