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Multi-Object Spectroscopy

The multi-object mode of GMOS offers the possibility of obtaining spectra of several hundred objects simultaneously. The GMOS MOS design is based upon precisely fabricating and locating a plate containing many small slits within the spectrograph's entrance aperture. With a 5.5 square arcmin field of view, 30-60 slits can typically be located in a single mask, with a maximum of several hundred slits when narrow-band filters are used. A total of 18 masks (plus the IFU) can be loaded into GMOS at any given time. Actual mask production is done with a laser milling machine located in La Serena. Currently this laser milling machine produces masks for both GMOSs at Gemini North and Gemini South.

Currently offered capabilities:

  • Slit widths 0.5 arcsec or larger
  • Masks designed from GMOS direct imaging
  • Masks designed from object catalogs

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