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GRACES performs high-resolution echelle spectroscopy between 420 and 1,010 nm. It is offered in two spectroscopic modes.
- 1-fiber (object-only) mode, in which we only collect the spectrum of the star and neglect that from the background sky. The image of the single fiber is sliced in 4 at the spectrograph entrance, which provides an average spectral resolution of R~67,500 (as measured during phase I commissioning). It is recommended mode for brightest targets (V<19 mag) that outshine the sky background.
- 2-fiber (object+sky) mode, in which the spectrum of the star and of the background sky are recorded simultaneously on the CCD (with orders interleaved). The image of the two fibers are sliced in 2 each at the spectrograph entrance, which provides an average spectral resolution of R~40,000 (as measured during phase I commissioning).
Most of the "work" is done by the ESPaDOnS spectrograph. The Gemini user has to choose a spectroscopic mode, and to prepare the acquisition. The acquisition is done using GMOS imaging mode. See the following pages for more details.