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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3095–3101

High-resolution, flat-field, plane-grating, f ∕10 spectrograph with off-axis parabolic mirrors

Stephanie L. Schieffer, Nathan W. Rimington, Ved P. Nayyar, W. Andreas Schroeder, and James W. Longworth  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 16, pp. 3095-3101 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.003095


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Abstract

A high-resolution, flat-field, plane-grating, f / 10 spectrometer based on the novel design proposed by Gil and Simon [Appl. Opt. 22, 152 (1983)] is demonstrated. The spectrometer design employs off-axis parabolic collimation and camera mirrors in a configuration that eliminates spherical aberrations and minimizes astigmatism, coma, and field curvature in the image plane. In accordance with theoretical analysis, the performance of this spectrometer achieves a high spatial resolution over the large detection area, which is shown to be limited only by the quality of its optics and their proper alignment within the spatial resolution of a 13 μ m × 13 μ m pixelated CCD detector. With a 1500 lines / mm grating in first order, the measured spectral resolving power of λ / Δ λ = 2.5 ( ± 0.5 ) × 10 4 allows the clear resolution of the violet Ar ( I ) doublet at 419.07 and 419.10   nm .

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OCIS Codes
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(300.6190) Spectroscopy : Spectrometers

ToC Category:
Geometrical optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 30, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 26, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 28, 2007
Published: May 15, 2007

Citation
Stephanie L. Schieffer, Nathan W. Rimington, Ved P. Nayyar, W. Andreas Schroeder, and James W. Longworth, "High-resolution, flat-field, plane-grating, f/10 spectrograph with off-axis parabolic mirrors," Appl. Opt. 46, 3095-3101 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-16-3095

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