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Scientific results with NIRSPEC on the Keck II Telescope
Author(s): Ian S. McLean
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Paper Abstract

This invited paper reviews the first scientific results to emerge from NIRSPEC, a new near-IR cryogenic spectrograph for the Keck II 10-meter telescope. In its lowest resolution mode, NIRSPEC is sufficiently sensitive for deep extra- galactic work, as illustrated by observations of a gravitational lense galaxy at a redshift of z equals 2.7. This resolution also provides a powerful tool for a spectroscopic survey of brown dwarfs. The power of NIRSPEC's high- resolution echelle mode is illustrated with studies of star- forming regions, interacting galaxies and the Galactic Center. As well as solar system bodies such as comets and the outer planets. Prospects for use of NIRSPEC with the Keck adaptive optics system are also discussed. NIRSPEC demonstrates that, withe availability of large-format, low- noise array detectors, IR astronomy is now capable of many challenging applications in spectroscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4005, Discoveries and Research Prospects from 8- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes, (29 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390144
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Ian S. McLean, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4005:
Discoveries and Research Prospects from 8- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes
Jacqueline Bergeron, Editor(s)

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