
IRCS echelle configurationsThe following table lists 5 sigma sensitivities per pixel assuming
a single exposure of 3600 seconds using the 0.14'' slit. See the
important
notes below regarding the effects of seeing and slit widths on the
actual sensitivities. If more than one exposure is taken, the signaltonoise
ratio will decrease by the square root of the number of exposures.
Because the spectrum is properly sampled with the 0.14'' slit, spectra taken with wider slits can be binned in the dispersion direction to increase sensitivity by 1.25 log N magnitudes, where N is the number of pixels being binned (equal to 2 or 4 for the wider slits). Important note: In general, the echelle does not provide continuous wavelength coverage, and more than one exposure is required to cover the entire wavelength range, as indicated in the above table. please see the details of the wavelength coverage of the echelle orders. If you do not need complete wavelength coverage and want to find out optimized configuration, you can use Echelle Simulator for IRCS [README][Package]; Corrections for finite seeing and slit widthExtended sourcesIncreasing the slit width will improve the sensitivity of an extended source, if its surface brightness remains constant. Corrections factors to be applied to the numbers in the table above are given here. Since observations at zJHK are detectorlimited, increasing the slit width does not increase the noise of an observation. Sensitivity can be improved by binning in the spatial direction; again the improvement is 1.25 log N, for binning over N pixels.
Point sourcesThe sensitivity for point sources can be improved by extracting the spectrum along several spatial pixels. Apertures between 1 and 2 times the seeing FWHM are optimum. The following corrections should be added to the numbers in the above table to determine the point source sensitivity in the relevant seeing conditions.Do not neglect the correction on the bottom line of the table for thermalinfrared
observations!
