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Novel mid-infrared imaging Fabry-Perot interferometer for the Keck telescopes
Author(s): Rognvald P. Garden
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Paper Abstract

We present a technical description, and up-to-date status report, of the mid-IR imaging Fabry-Perot interferometer system (MIRFI) currently under development by the IR Astronomy Group at the University of California, Irvine. MIRFI, which is designed primarily for operation with the new Keck 10-m telescopes, will facilitate diffraction- limited imaging at extremely high spectral resolution in a variety of important mid-IR ionic and molecular spectral lines. The unique design goals of MIRFI, namely its high spectral resolving power and diffraction-limited imaging capability, are ideally suited for studying the dynamics of extended, optically obscured regions of ionic or warm molecular gas. Such regions include, but are not restricted to, (1) HII regions associated with young OB star clusters, (2) molecular cloud shocks associated with young stellar outflows, (3) photodissociation regions, (4) the Galactic Center, and (5) galactic nuclei and extragalactic HII regions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317284
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Rognvald P. Garden, Univ. of California/Irvine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3354:
Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation
Albert M. Fowler, Editor(s)

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