Friday, April 12, 2013

1304.3263 (Cláudia Mendes de Oliveira et al.)

The Brazilian Tunable Filter Imager for the SOAR telescope    [PDF]

Cláudia Mendes de Oliveira, Keith Taylor, Bruno Quint, Denis Andrade, Fabricio Ferrari, Rene Laporte, Giseli de A. Ramos, Christian Dani Guzman, Luiz Cavalcanti, Alvaro de Calasans, Javier Ramirez Fernandez, Edna Carolina Gutierrez Castañeda, Damien Jones, Fernando Luis Fontes, Ana Maria Molina, Fábio Fialho, Henri Plana, Francisco J. Jablonski, Luiz Reitano, Olivier Daigle, Sergio Scarano Jr., Philippe Amram, Philippe Balard, Jean-Luc Gach, Claude Carignan
This paper presents a new Tunable Filter Instrument for the SOAR telescope. The Brazilian Tunable Filter Imager (BTFI) is a versatile, new technology, tunable optical imager to be used in seeing-limited mode and at higher spatial fidelity using the SAM Ground-Layer Adaptive Optics facility at the SOAR telescope. The instrument opens important new science capabilities for the SOAR community, from studies of the centers of nearby galaxies and the insterstellar medium to statistical cosmological investigations. The BTFI takes advantage of three new technologies. The imaging Bragg Tunable Filter concept utilizes Volume Phase Holographic Gratings in a double-pass configuration, as a tunable filter, while a new Fabry-Perot (FP) concept involves technologies which allow a single FP etalon to act over a large range of interference orders and spectral resolutions. Both technologies will be in the same instrument. Spectral resolutions spanning the range between 25 and 30,000 can be achieved through the use of iBTF at low resolution and scanning FPs beyond R ~2,000. The third new technologies in BTFI is the use of EMCCDs for rapid and cyclically wavelength scanning thus mitigating the damaging effect of atmospheric variability through data acquisition. An additional important feature of the instrument is that it has two optical channels which allow for the simultaneous recording of the narrow-band, filtered image with the remaining (complementary) broad-band light. This avoids the uncertainties inherent in tunable filter imaging using a single detector. The system was designed to supply tunable filter imaging with a field-of-view of 3 arcmin on a side, sampled at 0.12" for direct Nasmyth seeing-limited area spectroscopy and for SAM's visitor instrument port for GLAO-fed area spectroscopy. The instrument has seen first light, as a SOAR visitor instrument. It is now in comissioning phase.
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