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METIS: the mid-infrared E-ELT imager and spectrograph
Author(s): Bernhard R. Brandl; Rainer Lenzen; Eric Pantin; Alistair Glasse; Joris Blommaert; Lars Venema; Frank Molster; Ralf Siebenmorgen; Hermann Boehnhardt; Ewine van Dishoeck; Paul van der Werf; Thomas Henning; Wolfgang Brandner; Pierre-Olivier Lagage; Toby J. T. Moore; Maarten Baes; Christoffel Waelkens; Chris Wright; Hans Ulrich Käufl; Sarah Kendrew; Remko Stuik; Laurent Jolissaint
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Paper Abstract

METIS, the Mid-infrared ELT Imager and Spectrograph (formerly called MIDIR), is a proposed instrument for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), currently undergoing a phase-A study. The study is carried out within the framework of the ESO-sponsored E-ELT instrumentation studies. METIS will be designed to cover the E-ELT science needs at wavelengths longward of 3μm, where the thermal background requires different operating schemes. In this paper we discuss the main science drivers from which the instrument baseline has been derived. Specific emphasis has been given to observations that require very high spatial and spectral resolution, which can only be achieved with a ground-based ELT. We also discuss the challenging aspects of background suppression techniques, adaptive optics in the mid-IR, and telescope site considerations. The METIS instrument baseline includes imaging and spectroscopy at the atmospheric L, M, and N bands with a possible extension to Q band imaging. Both coronagraphy and polarimetry are also being considered. However, we note that the concept is still not yet fully consolidated. The METIS studies are being performed by an international consortium with institutes from the Netherlands, Germany, France, United Kingdom, and Belgium.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2008
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70141N (9 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789241
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Bernhard R. Brandl, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Rainer Lenzen, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Eric Pantin, Service d'Astrophysique, CE Saclay, DSM/DAPNIA/Sap (France)
Alistair Glasse, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Joris Blommaert, Instituut voor Sterrenkunde, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Lars Venema, ASTRON (Netherlands)
Frank Molster, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Ralf Siebenmorgen, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Hermann Boehnhardt, Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (Germany)
Ewine van Dishoeck, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Paul van der Werf, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Thomas Henning, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Wolfgang Brandner, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Pierre-Olivier Lagage, Service d'Astrophysique, CE Saclay, DSM/DAPNIA/Sap (France)
Toby J. T. Moore, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Maarten Baes, Sterrenkundig Observatorium, Univ. Gent (Belgium)
Christoffel Waelkens, Instituut voor Sterrenkunde, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Chris Wright, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Hans Ulrich Käufl, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Sarah Kendrew, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Remko Stuik, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Laurent Jolissaint, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)


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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