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Gemini's instrumentation program: latest results and long-range plan
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Paper Abstract

The Gemini Observatory is going through an extraordinary time with astronomical instrumentation. New powerful capabilities are delivered and are soon entering scientific operations. In parallel, new instruments are being planned and designed to align the strategy with community needs and enhance the competitiveness of the Observatory for the next decade. We will give a broad overview of the instrumentation program, focusing on achievements, challenges and strategies within a scientific, technical and management perspective. In particular we will discuss the following instruments and projects (some will have dedicated detailed papers in this conference): GMOS-CCD refurbishment, FLAMINGOS-2, GeMS (MCAO system and imager GSAOI), GPI, new generation of A&G, GRACES (fiber feed to CFHT ESPaDOnS) and GHOS (Gemini High-resolution Optical Spectrograph), and provide some updates about detector controllers, mid-IR instruments, Altair, GNIRS, GLAO and future workhorse instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 844606 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925516
Show Author Affiliations
Maxime Boccas, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
S. J. Kleinman, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Stephen Goodsell, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Eric Tollestrup, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Andrew Adamson, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Gustavo Arriagada, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Julian Christou, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Patricio Gonzalez, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Kevin Hanna, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Markus Hartung, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Manuel Lazo, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Rachel Mason, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Benoît Neichel, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Gabriel Perez, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Doug Simons, CFHT Corp. (United States)
Brian Walls, Gemini Observatory (United States)
John White, Gemini Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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