AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 102. Instrumentation for the Optical and Infrared
Display, Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[102.06] High-resolution spectropolarimetry with the 6-meter Russian telescope

A.S. Miroshnichenko, K.S. Bjorkman (U.Toledo), V.G. Klochkova, V.E. Panchuk, M.V. Yushkin (Special Astrophysical Observatory, Russia)

We present first results of high-resolution (resolving power R ~12000) optical spectropolarimetric observations obtained with the prime-focus échelle spectrometer (PFES) of the 6-meter telescope of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The device has a capability of measuring linear polarization both in spectral lines and in continuum in stars brighter than ~ 14 mag. Measurements of different variable objects (e.g., Herbig Ae/Be stars, R CrB, post--AGB stars) and standard stars (both unpolarized and with polarization) were obtained in January 2001. A special data reduction package to process these observations has been developed. This is the initial phase of a long-term effort to extend capabilities of the 6-meter telescope into spectropolarimetry. Funding for this project was provided by the Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF, grant RP1--2264).

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: anatoly@physics.utoledo.edu

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