Comparison of Astrophysical Laser Frequency Combs with respect to the requirements of HIRES

Jake Charsley, Richard Alexander McCracken, Derryck Telford Reid, Gregorz Kowzan, Piotr Masłowski, Ansgar Reiners, Philipp Huke

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Precise astronomical spectroscopy with the forthcoming E-ELT and its High Resolution Spectrograph (HIRES) will enable detection of atmospheres of exoplanets. HIRES will experience systematic errors like intrapixel variations and random variations like fiber noise, caused by the non-uniform illumination of the coupling fibers. All these errors will affect the performance of the spectrograph. One goal is to achieve a radial velocity precision on the order of 10 cms−1. Here, we describe the requirements for calibration sources which may be used for HIRES. Precise wavelength calibration with Laser Frequency Combs (LFC), so called AstroCombs, has been demonstrated with different astronomical spectrographs and we show a comparison of currently used AstroCombs. We outline a possible solution to meet the requirements of HIRES with a single broadband AstroComb.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSPIE Optical Metrology 2017
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 22 Feb 2017
EventSPIE Optical Metrology 2017 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 25 Jun 201729 Jun 2017


ConferenceSPIE Optical Metrology 2017


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