The common path of SOXS (Son of X-Shooter)

R. Claudi, M. Aliverti, F. Biondi, M. Munari, R. Zanmar Sanchez, S. Campana, P. Schipani, A. Baruffolo, S. Ben-Ami, A. Brucalassi, G. Capasso, R. Cosentino, F. D'Alessio, P. D'Avanzo, O. Hershko, H. Kuncarayakti, A. Rubin, S. Scuderi, F. Vitali, J. AchrénJ. A. Araiza-Durán, I. Arcavi, A. Bianco, E. Cappellaro, M. Colapietro, M. Della Valle, O. Diner, S. D'Orsi, D. Fantinel, J. Fynbo, A. Gal-Yam, M. Genoni, M. Hirvonen, J. Kotilainen, T. Kumar, M. Landoni, J. Lehti, G. Li Causi, L. Marafatto, S. Mattila, G. Pariani, G. Pignata, M. Rappaport, D. Ricci, M. Riva, B. Salasnich, S. Smartt, M. Turatto

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Son of X-Shooter (SOXS) will be a high-efficiency spectrograph with a mean Resolution-Slit product of 4500 (goal 5000) over the entire band capable of simultaneously observing the complete spectral range 350-2000 nm. It consists of three scientific arms (the UV-VIS Spectrograph, the NIR Spectrograph and the Acquisition Camera) connected by the Common Path system to the NTT and the Calibration Unit. The Common Path is the backbone of the instrument and the interface to the NTT Nasmyth focus flange. The light coming from the focus of the telescope is split by the common path optics into the two different optical paths in order to feed the two spectrographs and the acquisition camera. The instrument project went through the Preliminary Design Review in 2017 and is currently in Final Design Phase (with FDR in July 2018). This paper outlines the status of the Common Path system and is accompanied by a series of contributions describing the SOXS design and properties after the instrument Preliminary 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


  • Astronomical Instrumentation
  • NIR
  • Spectrograph
  • Transients
  • VIS

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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