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Published September 30, 2004 | Published
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Mass producing an efficient NIR spectrograph


Four institutions are collaborating to design and build three near identical λ/Δλ ~2700 cross-dispersed near-infrared spectrographs for use on various 5-10 meter telescopes. The instrument design addresses the common observatory need for efficient, reliable near-infrared spectrographs through such features as broad wavelength coverage across 6 simultaneous orders (0.8 - 2.4 µm) in echelle format, real-time slit viewing through separate optics and detector, and minimal moving parts. Lastly, the collaborators are saving money and increasing the likelihood of success through economies of scale and sharing intellectual capital.

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© 2004 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Funding for the University of Virginia instrument comes in large part from a generous gift from the F.H. Levinson Fund of the Peninsula Community Foundation.

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