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NIX, the imager for ERIS: the AO instrument for the VLT
Author(s): David Pearson; William Taylor; Ric Davies; Mike MacIntosh; David Henry; David Lunney; Chris Waring; Xiaofeng Gao; John Lightfoot; Adrian M. Glauser; Sascha P. Quanz; Michael R. Meyer; Hans Martin Schmid; Stephen March; Walter Bachmann; Helmut Feuchtgruber; Elizabeth George; Eckhard Sturm; Beth Biller; Sasha Hinckley; Matthew Kenworthy; Paola Amico; Andreas Glindemann; Marcus Kasper; Harald Kuntschner; Reinhold Dorn; Sebastian Egner
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Paper Abstract

ERIS will be the next-generation AO facility on the VLT, combining the heritage of NACO imaging, with the spectroscopic capabilities of an upgraded SINFONI. Here we report on the all-new NIX imager that will deliver diffraction-limited imaging from the J to M band. The instrument will be equipped with both Apodizing Phase Plates and Sparse Aperture Masks to provide high-angular resolution imagery, especially suited for exoplanet imaging and characterization. This paper provides detail on the instrument’s design and how it is suited to address a broad range of science cases, from detailed studies of the galactic centre at the highest resolutions, to studying detailed resolved stellar populations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99083F (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2234074
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David Pearson, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
William Taylor, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Ric Davies, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Mike MacIntosh, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
David Henry, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
David Lunney, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Chris Waring, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Xiaofeng Gao, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
John Lightfoot, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Adrian M. Glauser, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Sascha P. Quanz, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Michael R. Meyer, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Hans Martin Schmid, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Stephen March, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Walter Bachmann, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Helmut Feuchtgruber, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Elizabeth George, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Eckhard Sturm, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Beth Biller, The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Sasha Hinckley, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Matthew Kenworthy, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Paola Amico, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andreas Glindemann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Marcus Kasper, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Harald Kuntschner, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Reinhold Dorn, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Sebastian Egner, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

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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