The Hobby-Eberly telescope medium resolution spectrograph and fiber instrument feed

Lawrence W. Ramsey, Leland G. Engel, Nicholas Sessions, Christopher DeFilippo, Michelle Graver, Jeff Mader

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The Medium Resolution Spectrograph (MRS) is a versatile, fiber-fed echelle spectrograph for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET). This instrument is designed for a wide range of scientific investigations and includes single-fiber inputs for the study of point-like sources, synthetic slits of fibers for long slit spectroscopy, 9 independently positionable probes for multi-object spectroscopy, and a circular fiber integral field unit. The MRS consists of two beams. The visible beam has wavelength coverage from 450 - 900 nm in a single exposure with resolving power between 5,300 and 20,000 depending on the fibers configuration selected. This beam also has capability in the ranges 380 - 950 nm by altering the angles of the cross-disperser gratings. A second beam operating in the near-infrared has coverage of 900 -1300 nm with resolving power between 5,300 and 10,000. Both beams can be used simultaneously and are fed by the HET Fiber Instrument Feed (FIF) which is mounted at the prime focus of the telescope and positions the fibers feeding the MRS. The MRS started commissioning summer 2002.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1036-1044
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
EventInstrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes - waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 25 2002Aug 28 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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