Precision Single Mode Fiber Integral Field Spectroscopy with the RHEA Spectrograph

Adam Rains, Michael Ireland, Nemanja Jovanovic, Tobias Feger, Joao Bento (Da Silva Bento), Christian Schwab, David William Coutts, Olivier Guyon, A Arriola, Simon Gross

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    The RHEA Spectrograph is a single-mode echelle spectrograph designed to be a replicable and cost effective method of undertaking precision radial velocity measurements. Two versions of RHEA currently exist, one located at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia (450 - 600nm wavelength range), and another located at the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, USA (600 - 800 nm wavelength range). Both instruments have a novel fibre feed consisting of an integral field unit injecting light into a 2D grid of single mode fibres. This grid of fibres is then reformatted into a 1D array at the input of the spectrograph (consisting of the science fibres and a reference fibre capable of receiving a white-light or xenon reference source for simultaneous calibration). The use of single mode fibres frees RHEA from the issue of modal noise and significantly reduces the size of the optics used. In addition to increasing the overall light throughput of the system, the integral field unit allows for cutting edge science goals to be achieved when operating behind the 8.2 m Subaru Telescope and the SCExAO adaptive optics system. These include, but are not limited to: resolved stellar photospheres; resolved protoplanetary disk structures; resolved Mira shocks, dust and winds; and sub-arcsecond companions. We present details and results of early tests of RHEA Subaru and progress towards the stated science goals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    EditorsC J Evans, L Simard & H Takami
    Place of PublicationBellingham, USA
    PublisherSPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    ISBN (Print)9781510601956
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 1 Jan 2016 → …


    ConferenceGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
    Period1/01/16 → …
    OtherJune 26-30 2016


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