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LUCI in the sky: performance and lessons learned in the first two years of near-infrared multi-object spectroscopy at the LBT
Author(s): Peter Buschkamp; Walter Seifert; Kai Polsterer; Reiner Hofmann; Hans Gemperlein; Reinhard Lederer; Michael Lehmitz; Vianak Naranjo; Nancy Ageorges; Jaron Kurk; Frank Eisenhauer; Sebastian Rabien; Mathias Honsberg; Reinhard Genzel
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Paper Abstract

LUCI (former LUCIFER) is the full cryogenic near-infrared multi-object spectrograph and imager at the LBT. It presently allows for seeing limited imaging and multi-object spectroscopy at R~2000-4000 in a 4x4arcmin2 FOV from 0.9 to 2.5 micron. We report on the instrument performance and the lessons learned during the first two years on sky from a technical and operational point of view. We present the upcoming detector upgrade to Hawaii-2 RG arrays and the operating modes to utilize the binocular mode, the LBT facility AO system for diffraction limited imaging as well as to use the wide-field AO correction afforded by the multi-laser GLAO System ARGOS in multi-object spectroscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84465L (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926989
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Peter Buschkamp, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Walter Seifert, Landessternwarte, Zentrum für Astronomie der Univ. Heidelberg (Germany)
Kai Polsterer, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Reiner Hofmann, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Hans Gemperlein, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Reinhard Lederer, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Michael Lehmitz, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Vianak Naranjo, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Nancy Ageorges, Kayser-Threde GmbH (Germany)
Jaron Kurk, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Frank Eisenhauer, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Sebastian Rabien, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Mathias Honsberg, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Reinhard Genzel, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)


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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