Experimental Astronomy

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 39–58 | Cite as

Performance results of HESP physical model

  • Anantha ChanumoluEmail author
  • Sivarani Thirupathi
  • Damien Jones
  • Sunetra Giridhar
  • Deon Grobler
  • Robert Jakobsson
Original Article


As a continuation to the published work on model based calibration technique with HESP(Hanle Echelle Spectrograph) as a case study, in this paper we present the performance results of the technique. We also describe how the open parameters were chosen in the model for optimization, the glass data accuracy and handling the discrepancies. It is observed through simulations that the discrepancies in glass data can be identified but not quantifiable. So having an accurate glass data is important which is possible to obtain from the glass manufacturers. The model’s performance in various aspects is presented using the ThAr calibration frames from HESP during its pre-shipment tests. Accuracy of model predictions and its wave length calibration comparison with conventional empirical fitting, the behaviour of open parameters in optimization, model’s ability to track instrumental drifts in the spectrum and the double fibres performance were discussed. It is observed that the optimized model is able to predict to a high accuracy the drifts in the spectrum from environmental fluctuations. It is also observed that the pattern in the spectral drifts across the 2D spectrum which vary from image to image is predictable with the optimized model. We will also discuss the possible science cases where the model can contribute.


Astronomical spectrographs High spectral resolution Calibrations Instrument modelling Physical model based calibrations Simultaneous reference observations Double fibre Wave length calibrations Instrumental drifts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Solar System ResearchGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Indian Institute of AstrophysicsBangaloreIndia
  3. 3.Prime OpticsEumundiAustralia
  4. 4.Kiwistar OpticsLower HuttNew Zealand

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