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METIS: the thermal infrared instrument for the E-ELT
Author(s): Bernhard R. Brandl; Rainer Lenzen; Eric Pantin; Alistair Glasse; Joris Blommaert; Michael Meyer; Manuel Guedel; Lars Venema; Frank Molster; Remko Stuik; Eva Schmalzl; Jeff Meisner; Emeric Le Floc'h; Wolfgang Brandner; Stefan Hippler; Ignas Snellen; Klaus Pontoppidan
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Paper Abstract

The ‘Mid-infrared ELT Imager and Spectrograph’ (METIS) will be the third instrument on the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). METIS will provide diffraction limited imaging in the atmospheric L/M and N-band from 3 to 14 μm over an 18˝×18˝ field of view, as well as high contrast coronagraphy, medium-resolution (R ≤ 5000) long slit spectroscopy, and polarimetry. In addition, an integral field spectrograph will provide a spectral resolution of R ~ 100,000 at L/M band. Focusing on highest angular resolution and high spectral resolution, METIS will deliver unique science, in particular in the areas of exo-planets, proto-planetary-disks and high-redshift galaxies, which are illustrated in this paper. The reduction of the E-ELT aperture size had little impact on the METIS science case. With the recent positive developments in the area of detectors, the METIS instrument concept has reached a high level of technology readiness. For some key components (cryogenic chopping mirror, immersed grating, sorption cooler and cryogenic derotator) a development and test program has been launched successfully.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84461M (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926057
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Bernhard R. Brandl, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Rainer Lenzen, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Eric Pantin, CEA Saclay, DSM/DAPNIA/Service d'Astrophysique (France)
Alistair Glasse, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr., Royal Observatory (United Kingdom)
Joris Blommaert, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Michael Meyer, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Manuel Guedel, Univ. of Vienna (Austria)
Lars Venema, NOVA - ASTRON (Netherlands)
Frank Molster, NOVA, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Dutch Space (Netherlands)
Remko Stuik, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Eva Schmalzl, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Jeff Meisner, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Emeric Le Floc'h, CEA Saclay, DSM/DAPNIA/Service d'Astrophysique (France)
Wolfgang Brandner, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Stefan Hippler, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Ignas Snellen, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Klaus Pontoppidan, Space Telescope Science Institute (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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