SALT/PFIS Observer's Guide v0.4

Latest Update: 2005 July 25

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1 The Southern African Large Telescope
1.2 Observing Constraints

2. Instrument Overview
2.1 Optical Design
2.1.1 Collimator and Camera
2.1.2 Gratings
2.1.3 Fabry-Perot Etalons
2.1.4 Polarimetric Optics
2.2 Detector CCD Array
2.3 System Efficiency

3. Observing Modes
3.1 Imaging
3.2 Grating Spectroscopy
3.2.1 Grating Complement
3.2.2 Longslit Complement
3.2.3 Order-Blocking Filters
3.2.4 Multi-Object Spectroscopy
3.2.5 Spectropolarimetry
3.3 Fabry-Perot Imaging Spectroscopy
3.3.1 Etalons
3.3.2 Efficiency
3.3.3 Filters
3.4 Polarimetry
3.4.1 Waveplate Modes
3.4.2 Efficiency

4. Detector Subsystem
4.1 CCD QE
4.2 Readout Modes
4.2.1 Normal Readouts
4.2.2 High Time Resolution Readouts
4.2.3 Charge Shuffling
4.2.4 Drift Scanning
A. Technical Information
A.1 PFIS Papers

Final segment being put in place at SALT


PFIS being tested at angle in Madison


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