11 July 2008 Numerical simulation of the VLT/MUSE instrument
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The Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument is a second-generation integral-field spectrograph in development for the Very Large Telescope (VLT), operating in the visible and near IR wavelength range (465-930 nm). Given the complexity of MUSE we have developed a numerical model of the instrument, which includes the whole chain of acquisition from the atmosphere down to the telescope and including the detectors, and taking into account both optical aberrations and diffraction effects. In this paper we present the software, discuss the problems that have been encountered and the solutions that have been implemented, and we conclude by presenting examples of simulations.
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Aurélien Jarno, Aurélien Jarno, Roland Bacon, Roland Bacon, Pierre Ferruit, Pierre Ferruit, Arlette Pécontal-Rousset, Arlette Pécontal-Rousset, } "Numerical simulation of the VLT/MUSE instrument", Proc. SPIE 7017, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III, 701710 (11 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789064; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.789064
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