Share Email Print
cover

Proceedings Paper

The installation and ongoing commissioning of the MATISSE mid-infrared interferometer at the ESO Very Large Telescope Observatory
Author(s): B. Lopez; S. Lagarde; A. Matter; T. Agocs; F. Allouche; P. Antonelli; J.-C. Augereau; C. Bailet; P. Berio; F. Bettonvil; U. Beckmann; R. van Boekel; Y. Bresson; P. Bristow; P. Cruzalebes; M. Delbo; C. Dominik; E. Elswijk; Y. Fantei; A. Glindemann; M. Heininger; K.-H. Hofmann; M. Hogerheijde; J. Hron; W. Jaffe; G. Kroes; W. Laun; M. Lehmitz; A. Meilland; K. Meisenheimer; F. Millour; S. Morel; U. Neumann; E. Pantin; R. G. Petrov; S. Robbe-Dubois; D. Schertl; M. Schoeller; S. Wolf; G. Zins; T. Henning; Ph. Stee; G. Weigelt
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $14.40 $18.00
cover GOOD NEWS! Your organization subscribes to the SPIE Digital Library. You may be able to download this paper for free. Check Access

Paper Abstract

MATISSE is the second-generation mid-infrared spectrograph and imager for the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) at Paranal. This new interferometric instrument will allow significant advances in various fundamental research fields: studying the planet-forming region of disks around young stellar objects, understanding the surface structures and mass loss phenomena affecting evolved stars, and probing the environments of black holes in active galactic nuclei. As a first breakthrough, MATISSE will enlarge the spectral domain of current optical interferometers by offering the L and M bands in addition to the N band. This will open a wide wavelength domain, ranging from 2.8 to 13 μm, exploring angular scales as small as 3 mas (L band) / 10 mas (N band). As a second breakthrough, MATISSE will allow mid-infrared imaging - closure-phase aperture-synthesis imaging - with the four Unit Telescopes (UT) or Auxiliary Telescopes (AT) of the VLTI. Moreover, MATISSE will offer a spectral resolution range from R ~ 30 to R ~ 5000. Here, we remind the concept, the instrumental design, and the main features of MATISSE. We also describe the last months of preparation, the status of the instrument, which was shipped to Cerro Paranal on the site of the ESO Very Large Telescope in October 2017, and the expected schedule for the opening to the community. The instrument is currently in its Commissioning phase. A complementary dedicated article details the Commissioning results, which include the first performance estimates on sky.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10701, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI, 107010Z (9 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313388
Show Author Affiliations
B. Lopez, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
S. Lagarde, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
A. Matter, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
T. Agocs, NOVA Optical IR Instrumentation Group (Netherlands)
F. Allouche, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
P. Antonelli, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
J.-C. Augereau, Univ. de Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, IPAG (France)
C. Bailet, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
P. Berio, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
F. Bettonvil, NOVA Optical IR Instrumentation Group (Netherlands)
U. Beckmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
R. van Boekel, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Y. Bresson, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
P. Bristow, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
P. Cruzalebes, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
M. Delbo, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
C. Dominik, Univ. of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
E. Elswijk, NOVA Optical IR Instrumentation Group (Netherlands)
Y. Fantei, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
A. Glindemann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
M. Heininger, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
K.-H. Hofmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
M. Hogerheijde, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
J. Hron, Univ. Wien (Austria)
W. Jaffe, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
G. Kroes, NOVA Optical IR Instrumentation Group (Netherlands)
W. Laun, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
M. Lehmitz, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
A. Meilland, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
K. Meisenheimer, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
F. Millour, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
S. Morel, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
U. Neumann, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
E. Pantin, Lab. AIM, CEA, DSM, CNRS, Univ. Paris Diderot, IRFU, Service d'Astrophysique, CEA, Saclay (France)
R. G. Petrov, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
S. Robbe-Dubois, Lab. Lagrange, Univ. Côte d'Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS (France)
D. Schertl, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
M. Schoeller, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
S. Wolf, Kiel Univ. (Germany)
G. Zins, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
T. Henning, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Ph. Stee, NOVA Optical IR Instrumentation Group (France)
G. Weigelt, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10701:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI
Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Peter G. Tuthill; Antoine Mérand, Editor(s)

© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top