The FIRE infrared spectrometer at Magellan: construction and commissioning
Author(s)Simcoe, Robert A.; Burgasser, Adam J.; Bochanski, John J.; Schechter, Paul L.; Bernstein, Rebecca A.; Bigelow, Bruce C.; Pipher, Judith L.; Forrest, William; McMurtry, Craig; Smith, Matthew J.; Fishner, Jason; ... Show more Show less
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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.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
Proceedings of SPIE--the International Society for Optical Engineering; v.7735
Simcoe, Robert A. et al. “The FIRE Infrared Spectrometer at Magellan: Construction and Commissioning.” Proceedings of SPIE--the International Society for Optical Engineering; v.7735 (2010): 773514–773514–12. © SPIE 2010
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