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Advances in Astronomy
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 109681, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/109681
Research Article

Fast Universal Spectrophotopolarimeter for Robotic Telescopes

1Special Astrophysical Observatory , Russian Academy of Sciences, Nizhniy Arkhyz 369167, Russia
2Institute for Precise Instrumentation, Nizhniy Arkhyz 369167, Russia
3VOK Industries, Rostov-on-Don 344000, Russia
4Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University, Moscow 119992, Russia

Received 28 June 2009; Revised 10 December 2009; Accepted 10 December 2009

Academic Editor: Alberto J. Castro-Tirado

Copyright © 2010 Vladimir Plokhotnichenko et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

FUSP is the automatic multimode spectrophotopolarimeter aimed to the study of fast optical transients in the photometric, photopolarimetric (instant measurement of linear polarization), and spectropolarimetric (with or without the slit) modes. The mode change is automatic depending on the transient brightness and the purposes of the observations and may be performed in half a second. The instrument may be equipped with either fast EM-CCD or a position-sensitive detector which may provide temporal resolution up to 1 microsecond. FUSP is the robotic instrument for the robotic telescopes.