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Making instruments work on the European ELT
Author(s): Mark M. Casali; Juan Carlos Gonzalez; Sandro D'Odorico
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Paper Abstract

The title of this paper was chosen to highlight the fact that the installation and operation of instrumentation on Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs) will not be entirely simple or straightforward. The cost of construction and operation of ELTs will be such that substantial pressures will develop for proportional increases in the level of performance of the instrumentation, using as much of the electromagnetic information arriving at the focal plane as possible. This in turn will require complex instruments using adaptive optics, multiple channels or highly spatially multiplexed instruments. In the case of the European ELT, it will be a facility much in demand by ESOs 4000+ community of astronomers. The instrument infrastructure must therefore be able to accommodate the full range of projects likely to be undertaken. In this paper, we will discuss the instrument interfaces and infrastructure as envisioned in the current baseline for the European ELT and the requirements underpinning them.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70141F (14 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787765
Show Author Affiliations
Mark M. Casali, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Juan Carlos Gonzalez, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Sandro D'Odorico, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7014:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Ian S. McLean; Mark M. Casali, Editor(s)

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