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High precision spectroscopy using stabilized Fabry-Perot Etalon

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dc.contributor.author Das, Tanya
dc.date.accessioned 2024-02-16T06:52:30Z
dc.date.available 2024-02-16T06:52:30Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Ph.D. Thesis, University of Calcutta, Calcutta en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2248/8363
dc.description Thesis Supervisor Prof. Ravinder K. Banyal en_US
dc.description.abstract Accurate wavelength calibration is an important factor for any measure ment with high resolution spectrographs. Stellar spectrum comprises of dis crete absorption or emission lines whose position is precisely determined by calibrating the spectrographs using known reference lines generated from lab oratory sources. For the spectrograph to measure small variations in Doppler shift, the wavelength calibration must be sufficiently stable during observa tion time. Instrument instability, mainly due to environmental factors like temperature and pressure variations, and limitations of traditional calibration methods, for example Th-Ar lamps, are the two challenges which limit high precision spectroscopy. Through proper environmental control, by maintaining pressure at 1 mbar and temperature fluctuations at ±0.05◦C, Fabry-P´erot etalons (FP) can yield a velocity precision of 1-10 m/s, when used for wavelength calibration. A pas sively stabilized FP based wavelength calibrator has been developed for Hanle Echelle Spectrograph (HESP) installed on the Himalayan Chandra Telescope (HCT). The etalon has been characterized using Fourier Transform Spectro graph (FTS) and tested with high resolution echelle spectrograph on Vainu Bappu Telescope (VBT). Initial test runs of the entire instrument with HESP have been conducted to study the performance of the FP instrument with the spectrograph. Often, curvature and tilted lines are the observed artifacts in a high res olution spectra, arising due to the design of the respective spectrographs. Removal of these artifacts can help avoid wrong flux calculation and line cen troid position misinterpretation, which can aid in a better prediction of the wavelength calibration model. As a part of this thesis work, a post processing technique for the correction of the observed curvature and tilt in the spec tra has also been worked out. Curvature and tilt correction algorithm has been tested on the FP and Th-Ar calibration spectra obtained from different spectrographs. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Indian Institute of Astrophysics en_US
dc.rights © Indian Institute of Astrophysics
dc.title High precision spectroscopy using stabilized Fabry-Perot Etalon en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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