24 September 2012 Integrating BigBOSS with the Mayall Telescope
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BigBOSS is a proposed ground-based dark energy experiment to study baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO) and the growth of large scale structure. It consists of a fiber-fed multi-object spectrograph designed to be installed on the Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak, Arizona. BigBOSS includes an optical corrector assembly and 5000-fiber-positioner focal plane assembly that replace the existing Mayall prime focus hardware. 40-meter long optical fiber bundles are routed from the focal plane, through the telescope declination and right ascension pivots, to spectrographs in the thermally insulated FTS Laboratory, immediately adjacent to the telescope. Each of the ten spectrographs includes three separate spectral bands. The FTS Laboratory also houses support electronics, cooling, and vacuum equipment. The prime focus assembly includes mounts for the existing Mayall f/8 secondary mirror to allow observations with Cassegrain instruments. We describe the major elements of the BigBOSS instrument, plans for integrating with the Telescope, and proposed modifications and additions to existing Mayall facilities.
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Robert Besuner, Chris Bebek, Arjun Dey, Will Goble, Dick Joyce, Michael E. Levi, Kevin Reil, David Schlegel, and Michael Sholl "Integrating BigBOSS with the Mayall Telescope", Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 844652 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925497; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.925497

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