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The LINC-NIRVANA high resolution imager: challenges from the lab to first light
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Paper Abstract

We present an update on LINC-NIRVANA (LN), an innovative, high-resolution infrared imager for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). LN uses Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO) for high-sky-coverage diffraction-limited imagery and interferometric beam combination. The last two years have seen both successes and challenges. On the one hand, final integration is proceeding well in the lab. We also achieved First Light at the LBT with the Pathfinder experiment. On the other hand, funding constraints have forced a significant re-planning of the overall instrument implementation. This paper presents our progress and plans for bringing the instrument online at the telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 July 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91471M (8 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055467
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T. M. Herbst, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
R. Ragazzoni, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
A. Eckart, Univ. zu Köln (Germany)
G. Weigelt, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9147:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Suzanne K. Ramsay; Ian S. McLean; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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