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Paper: Numerical Simulation of the VLT/MUSE Instrument
Volume: 394, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) XVII
Page: 701
Authors: Jarno, A.; Bacon, R.; Ferruit, P.; Pécontal-Rousset, A.
Abstract: The MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) instrument is a second-generation integral-field spectrograph in development for the VLT, operating in the visible and near IR wavelength range (465–930 nm). It is combining a large 1’×1’ field of view with a spectral resolution of 3000 and a spatial resolution of 0.2”×0.2” coupled to a sophisticated ground-layer Adaptive Optics (AO) system. Given the complexity of the MUSE instrument we are developing a numerical model of the instrument based on Fourier optics formalism, taking into account both optical aberrations and diffraction effects. It will serve as a basis for early performance verification purposes, provide inputs and support for the testing phases, as well as for the development of the instrument calibration and data reduction procedures. In this paper we present the end-to-end simulator software that has been written to accurately model this complex instrument in all its modes and up to the detector readouts.
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