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Basic characteristics of Michelle's spectroscopy modes
Michelle is capable of spectroscopy with R~100 - 30,000 in the 7 - 25 micron range as follows:
Michelle uses an entrance window made of Potassium Bromide (KBr). KBr has a transmission of ~90% across the mid-infrared. Since KBr is hygroscopic, all contact between water with the window must be minimized. This includes dew that may form on the window while observing under high humidity conditions. The humidity limit for observing with Michelle at Gemini is a relative humidity of 80%. During its use at UKIRT, a protective "sacrificial window" system was implemented to help prevent damage to the cryostat window that serves as the vacuum seal between the dewar and the atmosphere.
Michelle contains the same detector as T-ReCS. Some basic characteristics of the detectors are shown in the table below:
The properties of NIRI in imaging mode are summarized in the following sections. Three selectable fields of view and pixel scales are available. With adaptive optics NIRI is available at f/32 for J-L' imaging (but see caveats for L'), and at f/14 for imaging out to 2.5 microns due to the increased thermal background. Imaging at L' is impossible at f/6 and only sometimes possible at f/14. The narrow band L filters (e.g., the PAH filter, Br alpha) can be observed at f/32, f/14, and f/6. M' imaging is only possible at f/32.
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Basic characteristics of Michelle's imaging mode
- Several medium and narrow-band 10 um and 20 um filters (chop and nod)
- Image FWHM at or approaching the diffraction limit (FWHM ~ 1.22 lambda/D ~ 0.31" at 10 microns, ~0.63" at 20 microns)
- Pixel dimension = 0.1005" (imaging only)
- Field of view = 32"x24" in imaging mode (but note that current maximum chop throw is 15")
- Imaging usually not available using the broad band N and Q filters, due to detector saturation
Overview of Michelle's Capabilities
Michelle is a mid-infrared (7-26 micron) imager and spectrometer, formerly in use at UKIRT but now on long-term loan at Gemini. Michelle is available for imaging and spectroscopy with all of its gratings and its echelle. Imaging polarimetry is now also supported.
Long slit spectroscopy can be obtained in either normal or Nod-and-Shuffle modes using GMOS standard slits or custom slits.