SOAR Adaptive Module (SAM)


SAM will incorporate an integrated CCD imager covering the 3' field with adequate sampling. It will also feed existing light-weight SOAR instruments (e.g. SIFS) attached to its output (the corrected beam has the nominal f/16.5 focal ratio).

Fast switching between CCD and visitor instrument will be possible. The science light path inside SAM includes 5 reflections from protected-silver coatings plus a UV/visible dichroic. A collimated space will be provided for installing user filters, grisms or a Fabry-Perot etalon.

The combination of high spatial resolution, moderately large field and spectro-imaging capability at visible wavelengths will be a unique feature of SAM.