The SAURON project. I. The panoramic integral-field spectrograph

Abstract : A new integral-field spectrograph, SAURON, is described. It is based on the Tiger principle, and uses a lenslet array. SAURON has a large field of view and high throughput, and allows simultaneous sky subtraction. Its design is optimized for studies of the stellar kinematics, gas kinematics, and line-strength distributions of nearby early-type galaxies. The instrument design and specifications are described, as well as the extensive analysis software which was developed to obtain fully calibrated spectra, and the associated kinematic and line-strength measurements. A companion paper reports on the first results obtained with SAURON on the William Herschel Telescope.
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Roland Bacon, Yannick Copin, G. Monnet, Bryan W. Miller, J. R. Allington-Smith, et al.. The SAURON project. I. The panoramic integral-field spectrograph. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy P - Oxford Open Option A, 2001, 326, pp.23-35. ⟨hal-00008410⟩



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