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Status of the mid-infrared E-ELT imager and spectrograph METIS
Author(s): Bernhard R. Brandl; Tibor Agócs; Gabby Aitink-Kroes; Thomas Bertram; Felix Bettonvil; Roy van Boekel; Olivier Boulade; Markus Feldt; Alistair Glasse; Adrian Glauser; Manuel Güdel; Norma Hurtado; Rieks Jager; Matthew A. Kenworthy; Michael Mach; Jeff Meisner; Michael Meyer; Eric Pantin; Sascha Quanz; Hans Martin Schmid; Remko Stuik; Auke Veninga; Christoffel Waelkens
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Paper Abstract

METIS is one the first three instruments on the E-ELT. Apart from diffraction limited imaging, METIS will provide coronagraphy and medium resolution slit spectroscopy over the 3 – 19μm range, as well as high resolution (R ~ 100,000) integral field spectroscopy from 2.9 – 5.3μm, including a mode with extended instantaneous wavelength coverage. The unique combination of these observing capabilities, makes METIS the ideal instrument for the study of circumstellar disks and exoplanets, among many other science areas. In this paper we provide an update of the relevant science drivers, the METIS observing modes, the status of the simulator and the data analysis. We discuss the preliminary design of the optical system, which is driven by the need to calibrate observations at thermal IR wavelengths on a six-mirror ELT. We present the expected adaptive optics performance and the measures taken to enable high contrast imaging. We describe the opto-mechanical system, the location of METIS on the Nasmyth instrument platform, and conclude with an update on critical subsystem components, such as the immersed grating and the focal plane detectors. In summary, the work on METIS has taken off well and is on track for first light in 2025.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 2016
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 990820 (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233974
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Bernhard R. Brandl, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Tibor Agócs, NOVA (Netherlands)
Gabby Aitink-Kroes, NOVA (Netherlands)
Thomas Bertram, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Felix Bettonvil, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Roy van Boekel, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Olivier Boulade, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
Markus Feldt, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
Alistair Glasse, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Adrian Glauser, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Manuel Güdel, Univ. of Vienna (Austria)
Norma Hurtado, NOVA (Netherlands)
Rieks Jager, NOVA (Netherlands)
Matthew A. Kenworthy, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Michael Mach, Univ. of Vienna (Austria)
Jeff Meisner, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Michael Meyer, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Eric Pantin, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)
Sascha Quanz, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Hans Martin Schmid, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Remko Stuik, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
NOVA (Netherlands)
Auke Veninga, NOVA (Netherlands)
Christoffel Waelkens, KU Leuven (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9908:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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