VIRUS Throughput Estimates
The following are estimates for the VIRUS line and continuum flux limits in a standard 3x360s dither set (18min of total exposure time).
Line flux limit of 8e-17 ergs/s/cm^2 above 4300AA at S/N=10 for point source.
- Continuum flux limit g=23 AB in 100AA at S/N=50 (similar for u=23).
It is important for the PI to realize that due to the design of the
HET the effective collecting area changes over a trajectory. Near the
end of a trajectory the HET has half the collecting area that it has near
the middle. As such two medium length visits centered
on middle of a track could be more valuable than a single long visit.
All throughput estimates are based upon center of track efficiency.
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Last updated: Sat, 30 Dec 2023 02:16:39 +0000 stevenj