Integral Field Spectroscopy on the 3.5-m WIYN Telescope

Type Conference Paper
Names Marsha J. Wolf
Proceedings Title Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
Conference Name AAS Meeting #222, #111.05
Volume 222
Date June 1, 2013
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Abstract The instrumentation suite of the 3.5-m WIYN Telescope includes an integral field unit (IFU) called SparsePak that feeds the Bench Spectrograph. SparsePak exploits the A-omega advantage of large fibers to enable deep spectroscopic observations of low surface brightness extended sources. It contains 82, 4.7 arcsec diameter fibers arranged in a configuration with an inner core of 17 densely packed fibers, with angular extent of 24 x 39 arcsec, that are surrounded by a sparser grid of fibers subtending 72 x 71 arcsec. Additionally, 7 sky fibers are arranged approximately 25 arcsec away from the “object” grid, along 2 adjacent edges. I will describe performance characteristics of the SparsePak IFU and highlight UW science programs that are utilizing it.
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