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MUSE from Europe to the Chilean Sky
Author(s): P. Caillier; Mateo Accardo; L. Adjali; H. Anwand; R. Bacon; D. Boudon; L. Capoani; E. Daguisé; M. Dupieux; C. Dupuy; M. François; A. Glindemann; D. Gojak; F. Gonté; N. Haddad; G. Hansali; T. Hahn; A. Jarno; A. Kelz; Kristof Koehler; Johan Kosmalski; F. Laurent; M. Larrieu; J.-L. Lizon; M. Loupias; A. Manescau; J. E. Migniau; C. Monstein; H. Nicklas; L. Parès; A. Pécontal-Rousset; L. Piqueras; R. Reiss; A. Remillieux; E. Renault; G. Rupprecht; O. Streicher; R. Stuik; H. Valentin; J. Vernet; P. Weilbacher; G. Zins
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Paper Abstract

MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) is a second generation instrument, built for ESO (European Southern Observatory) and dedicated to the VLT (Very Large Telescope). This instrument is an innovative integral field spectrograph (1x1 arcmin2 Field of View), operating in the visible wavelength range, from 465 nm to 930 nm. The MUSE project is supported by a European consortium of 7 institutes. After the finalisation of its integration and test in Europe validated by its Preliminary Acceptance in Europe, the MUSE instrument has been partially dismounted and shipped to the VLT (Very Large Telescope) in Chile. From October 2013 till February 2014, it has then been reassembled, tested and finally installed on the telescope its final home. From there it will collect its first photons coming from the outer limit of the visible universe. To come to this achievement, many tasks had to be completed and challenges overcome. These last steps in the project life have certainly been ones of the most critical. Critical in terms of risk, of working conditions, of operational constrains, of schedule and finally critical in terms of outcome: The first light and the final performances of the instrument on the sky.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2014
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91475K (10 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057056
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P. Caillier, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
Mateo Accardo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
L. Adjali, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
H. Anwand, Georg-August-Univ. Göttingen (Germany)
R. Bacon, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
D. Boudon, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
L. Capoani, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
E. Daguisé, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
M. Dupieux, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, Univ. Paul Sabatier (France)
Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
C. Dupuy, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
M. François, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
A. Glindemann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
D. Gojak, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
F. Gonté, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
N. Haddad, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
G. Hansali, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
T. Hahn, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
A. Jarno, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
A. Kelz, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
Kristof Koehler, Georg-August-Univ. Göttingen (Germany)
Johan Kosmalski, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
F. Laurent, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
M. Larrieu, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, Univ. Paul Sabatier (France)
Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
J.-L. Lizon, European South Observatory (Germany)
M. Loupias, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
A. Manescau, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
J. E. Migniau, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
C. Monstein, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
H. Nicklas, Georg-August-Univ. Göttingen (Germany)
L. Parès, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, Univ. Paul Sabatier (France)
Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
A. Pécontal-Rousset, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
L. Piqueras, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
R. Reiss, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
A. Remillieux, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
E. Renault, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude-Bernard Lyon I (France)
G. Rupprecht, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
O. Streicher, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
R. Stuik, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
H. Valentin, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, Univ. Paul Sabatier (France)
Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
J. Vernet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
P. Weilbacher, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
G. Zins, Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, CNRS, Univ. de Grenoble 1 (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9147:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Suzanne K. Ramsay; Ian S. McLean; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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