Stellar astrophysics with a dispersed fourier transform spectrograph. i. instrument description and orbits of single-lined spectroscopic binaries

Bradford B. Behr, Arsen R. Hajian, Andrew T. Cenko, Marc Murison, Robert S. McMillan, Robert Hindsley, Jeff Meade

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Abstract

We have designed and constructed a second-generation version of the dispersed Fourier transform spectrograph, or dFTS. This instrument combines a spectral interferometer with a dispersive spectrograph to provide high-accuracy, high-resolution optical spectra of stellar targets. The new version, dFTS2, is based upon the design of our prototype, with several modifications to improve the system throughput and performance. We deployed dFTS2 to the Steward Observatory 2.3 m Bok Telescope from 2007 June to 2008 June, and undertook an observing program on spectroscopic binary stars, with the goal of constraining the velocity amplitude K of the binary orbits with 0.1% accuracy, a significant improvement over most of the orbits reported in the literature. We present results for radial velocity reference stars and orbit solutions for single-lined spectroscopic binaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-553
Number of pages11
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume705
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Binaries: spectroscopic
  • Instrumentation: spectrographs
  • Techniques: radial velocities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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