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The LINC-NIRVANA interferometric imager for the Large Binocular Telescope
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Paper Abstract

We describe LINC-NIRVANA, a 1-2.5 micron interferometric imaging instrument for the Large Binocular Telescope. Operating in Fizeau beam combination mode, LINC-NIRVANA will deliver the sensitivity of a 12-meter telescope and the angular resolution of a 23-meter telescope. Unlike traditional interferometers, LINC-NIRVANA will be a true imaging device, with a field of view of ten arcseconds on a single HAWAII-2 detector array. LINC-NIRVANA employs a number of state-of-the-art technologies, including multi-conjugated adaptive optics (MCAO), innovative cooling systems, and complex software for instrument control and data analysis. We report on overall project progress and highlight some unique aspects of LINC-NIRVANA that should be of wider interest to the near-infrared instrument-building community.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551516
Show Author Affiliations
Tom M. Herbst, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Roberto Ragazzoni, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Andreas Eckart, Univ. zu Koln (Germany)
Gerd Weigelt, Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5492:
Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy
Alan F. M. Moorwood; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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