Optical design of the SOXS spectrograph for ESO NTT

Ricardo Zanmar Sanchez, Matteo Munari, Adam Rubin, Sagi Ben Ami, Anna Brucalassi, Hanindyo Kuncarayakti, Jani Achrén, Sergio Campana, Riccardo Claudi, Pietro Schipani, Matteo Aliverti, Andrea Baruffolo, Federico Biondi, Giulio Capasso, Rosario Cosentino, Francesco D'Alessio, Paolo D'Avanzo, Salvatore Scuderi, Fabrizio Vitali, José Antonio Araiza-DuránIair Arcavi, Andrea Bianco, Enrico Cappellaro, Mirko Colapietro, Massimo Della Valle, Oz Diner, Sergio D'Orsi, Daniela Fantinel, Johan Fynbo, Avishay Gal-Yam, Matteo Genoni, Ofir Hershko, Mika Hirvonen, Jari Kotilainen, Tarun Kumar, Marco Landoni, Jussi Lehti, Gianluca Li Causi, Luca Marafatto, Seppo Mattila, Giorgio Pariani, Giuliano Pignata, Michael Rappaport, Davide Ricci, Marco Riva, Bernardo Salasnich, Stephen Smartt, Massimo Turatto

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An overview of the optical design for the SOXS spectrograph is presented. SOXS (Son Of X-Shooter) is the new wideband, medium resolution (R>4500) spectrograph for the ESO 3.58m NTT telescope expected to start observations in 2021 at La Silla. The spectroscopic capabilities of SOXS are assured by two different arms. The UV-VIS (350-850 nm) arm is based on a novel concept that adopts the use of 4 ion-etched high efficiency transmission gratings. The NIR (800- 2000 nm) arm adopts the 4C' design (Collimator Correction of Camera Chromatism) successfully applied in X-Shooter. Other optical sub-systems are the imaging Acquisition Camera, the Calibration Unit and a pre-slit Common Path. We describe the optical design of the five sub-systems and report their performance in terms of spectral format, throughput and optical quality. This work is part of a series of contributions1-9 describing the SOXS design and properties as it is about to face the Final Design Review.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
EditorsLuc Simard, Luc Simard, Christopher J. Evans, Hideki Takami
ISBN (Print)9781510619579
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: 10 Jun 201814 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • 4C
  • grating echelle
  • NIR near infrared
  • NTT telescope
  • Optical design
  • spectrograph
  • wide-band
  • X-Shooter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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