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15 July 2010 The FIRE infrared spectrometer at Magellan: construction and commissioning
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We describe the construction and commissioning of FIRE, a new 0.8-2.5μm echelle spectrometer for the Magellan/ Baade 6.5 meter telescope. FIRE delivers continuous spectra over its full bandpass with nominal spectral resolution R = 6000. Additionally it offers a longslit mode dispersed by the prisms alone, covering the full z to K bands at R ~ 350. FIRE was installed at Magellan in March 2010 and is now performing shared-risk science observations. It is delivering sharp image quality and its throughput is sufficient to allow early observations of high redshift quasars and faint brown dwarfs. This paper outlines several of the new or unique design choices we employed in FIRE's construction, as well as early returns from its on-sky performance.
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Robert A. Simcoe, Adam J. Burgasser, John J. Bochanski, Paul L. Schechter, Rebecca A. Bernstein, Bruce C. Bigelow, Judith L. Pipher, William Forrest, Craig McMurtry, Matthew J. Smith, and Jason Fishner "The FIRE infrared spectrometer at Magellan: construction and commissioning", Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 773514 (15 July 2010);


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