GHOST optical fiber system

Vladimir Churilov*, Ross Zhelem, Scott Case, Yuriy Kondrat, Kristin Fiegert, Lewis Waller, Jon Lawrence, Michael L. Edgar, Gabriella Baker, Michael Ireland

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The Gemini High-Resolution Optical SpecTrograph (GHOST) is the newest instrument being developed for the Gemini telescopes, in a collaboration between the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), the Herzberg Institute for Astrophysics, National Research Council (HIA-NRC) in Canada, and the Australian National University. This paper describes the design of the fiber optic system, developed by AAO. This system links the GHOST multi-object positioner, mounted on Gemini's Cassegrain focus, with the HIA-NRC developed spectrograph, located in the pier lab, 20 meters below the main observatory floor. The GHOST optical cable consists of 62 fibers, Polymicro FBP53/74/94P (53 μm core, 94 μm polyimide buffer), packed into 8 furcation tubes. The optical fibers are held inside the furcation tubes by friction, with between one and twelve fibers in each of the individual tubes. The furcation tubes are mechanically secured to manifold and anchor assemblies by bonding to integral Kevlar yarn within the tubing. The cable includes an interlock switch, linked to the telescope control system, to halt all telescope motions if the cable becomes overstressed. Fibers are terminated by two integral field units (IFU1 and IFU2), guiding and science slits and a calibration light entry port. Mode scrambling is achieved by mechanical agitation in two orthogonal directions, with adjustable frequency and amplitude of up to 10 Hz and 50 mm, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
EditorsChristopher J. Evans, Luc Simard, Hideki Takami
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781510619586
ISBN (Print)9781510619579
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2018
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: 10 Jun 201814 Jun 2018

Publication series

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


ConferenceGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • spectrograph Gemini ADC positioner high-resolution IFU


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