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Studies for the first generation of instruments for the European ELT
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Paper Abstract

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is conducting a phase B study of a European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). The baseline concept foresees a 42m primary, 5 mirror adaptive telescope with two of the mirrors giving the possibility of very fast correction of the atmospheric turbulence. In parallel to the telescope study, ESO is coordinating 8 studies of instruments and 2 of post-focus Adaptive Optics systems, carried out in collaboration with Institutes in the member states. Scope of the studies, to be completed by 1Q 2010, is to demonstrate that the high priority scientific goals of the E-ELT project can be achieved with feasible and affordable instruments. The main observing modes being considered are: NIR wide field imaging and spectroscopy to the diffraction limit or with partial correction of the atmospheric seeing; high spectral resolution, high stability visible spectroscopy; high contrast, diffraction limited imaging and spectroscopy; DL mid-infrared imaging and spectroscopy. The status of the 8 current studies is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70141E (21 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788422
Show Author Affiliations
Sandro D'Odorico, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Mark Casali, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Juan-Carlos Gonzales, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Kasper, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Hans Ulrich Käufl, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Kissler Patig, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Luca Pasquini, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Suzanne Ramsay, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Ralf Siebenmorgen, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Joel Vernet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Filippo M. Zerbi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)

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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