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25 October 2011 Sliced-pupil grating: a novel concept for increasing spectral resolution
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This paper presents the opto-mechanical design of a novel spectroscopic element - sliced pupil grating - that allows increasing the spectral resolution while keeping the instrument geometry. The concept is based on "cutting" the pupil into different slices by placing a number of prisms at the two sites of a VPH grating. The independent beams are guided through a precise opto-mechanical assembly to assure the recombination of the individual images on the detector within the available error budget, producing a single spectrum. To probe the feasibility of the concept, we have designed and manufactured a 3-slice prototype for an already-built spectrograph (Elmer, for the GTC 10-m telescope).
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E. Sánchez-Blanco, M. García-Vargas, M. Maldonado, J. Gallego, A. Gil de Paz, E. Carrasco, A. Pérez, I. Martínez-Delgado, and J. Zamorano "Sliced-pupil grating: a novel concept for increasing spectral resolution", Proc. SPIE 8011, 22nd Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Light for the Development of the World, 80111I (25 October 2011); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.903186
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