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 address a number of important science cases,1 e.g. detection of atmospheres of exoplanets. Challenging technical requirements have been identified to achieve these cases, principal among which is the goal to achieve a radial velocity precision on the order of 10 cms-1. HIRES will experience systematic errors like intrapixel variations and random variations like fiber noise, caused by the non-uniform illumination of the coupling fibers, with these and other systematic errors affecting the performance of the spectrograph. Here, we describe the requirements for the calibration sources which may be used for mitigating such systematic errors in HIRES. Precise wavelength calibration with wide-mode-spacing laser frequency combs (LFCs), so called astrocombs, has been demonstrated with different astronomical spectrographs. Here we present a comparison of currently used astrocombs and outline a possible solution to meet the requirements of HIRES with a single broadband astrocomb.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection X
ISBN (Electronic)9781510611047
ISBN (Print)9781510611030
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2017
EventSPIE Optical Metrology 2017 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 25 Jun 201729 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceSPIE Optical Metrology 2017


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