Homework #4: Spectroscopy

1. Spectroscopic setup (15 points)

Arriving at the observatory for my spectroscopic observing run, I find that the only grating I have available is a 300 line/mm grating blazed at 8000A in the first order. But I want to observe in the blue from 3500 to 5000A. 

For this problem, assume the grating surface is normal to light from the collimator.

2. Slit positioning (10 points for 306, 20 points for 406)

Now, using the parameters from problem #1, think about the effect of moving a star from one edge of the slit to the other.

ASTR 406: Make a plot of the velocity difference as a function of FWHM for seeing that ranges from FWHM=0.1 arcsec (unrealistically good!) to 5 arcsec (utterly horrible). Make the simplifying assumption that in the spatial direction we are only extracting the spectrum centered on the star, so that you can treat the star's profile in the slit as a one dimensional gaussian. Hint: you'll probably need to make use of the scipy.special.erf() function at some point in making this plot!

3. Wavelength choices (5 points)

If you have a spectrograph (not the one in the previous problems) where you can observe at either 4000A or 8000A with the same resoution (FWHM = 2 Angstroms), which of these two wavelength settings will give the better velocity accuracy all other things being equal?

4. Spectrograph design (15 points)

You designing a spectrograph for a 5m telescope at f/10 Cass focus. The collimator is a 6 inch collimator and the slit is 1 arcsec wide and projects to 30 microns (3pixels) on the detector. An astronomer askes you what spectral resolution will she will have with a 1200 line/mm grating at 5000A. What do you tell her? Explain any assumptions you need to make.

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