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Preparing Multi Object Spectroscopy Observations

19 Nov 2015, 19:12 UTC
Preparing Multi Object Spectroscopy Observations
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Although CANDELS is a photometric survey, many team members have proposed for and been granted observing time for CANDELS sources to obtain spectroscopy. Such additional data not only provides us with a more accurate measurement of the distances of galaxies (aka redshift), but also with additional information to decode their properties, such as how many stars they are forming and how much dust is contained in the galaxies.Figure 1: Example pointing for a MOS observation with the GMOS instrument at the Gemini Telescope. The image in the background shows the targeted sky area. The cyan outline shows the field of view of the instrument with the gaps between the 3 CCD detectors. The dashed outlined box shows the sky area in which the guide star needs to be placed. The red "arm" shows the arm that holds the camera that monitors the guide star.Classically, spectroscopy was carried out object by object, by placing one long slit where your one object is located. With this you restrict the area which lets light through to the detector to a narrow slit and blocking out everything else around it. The light that enters the prism or grism through this slit is then dispersed ...

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