The mechanical design of SOXS for the NTT

M. Aliverti, O. Hershko, O. Diner, A. Brucalassi, G. Pignata, H. Kuncarayakti, A. Bianco, S. Campana, R. Claudi, P. Schipani, A. Baruffolo, S. Ben-Ami, F. Biondi, G. Capasso, R. Cosentino, F. D'Alessio, P. D'Avanzo, M. Munari, A. Rubin, S. ScuderiF. Vitali, J. Achrén, J. A. Araiza-Duran, I. Arcavi, E. Cappellaro, M. Colapietro, M. Della Valle, 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, M. Rappaport, D. Ricci, M. Riva, B. Salasnich, S. Smartt, M. Turatto, R. Zanmar Sanchez

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SOXS (Son of X-shooter) is a wide band, medium resolution spectrograph for the ESO NTT with a first light expected in early 2021. The instrument will be composed by five semi-independent subsystems: a pre-slit Common Path (CP), an Acquisition Camera (AC), a Calibration Unit (CU), the NIR spectrograph, and the UV-VIS spectrograph. In this paper, we present the mechanical design of the subsystems, the kinematic mounts developed to simplify the final integration procedure and the maintenance. The concept of the CP and NIR optomechanical mounts developed for a simple pre- alignment procedure and for the thermal compensation of reflective and refractive elements will be shown.

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


  • alignment
  • integration
  • mechanical design
  • NTT
  • SOXS

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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