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VISIR: the mid-infrared imager and spectrometer for the VLT
Author(s): Yvon Rio; Pierre-Olivier Lagage; Didier Dubreuil; Gilles A. Durand; Charles Lyraud; Jan-Willem Pel; Johannes C.M. de Haas; Anton Schoenmaker; Hoite Tolsma
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we present VISIR, the mid-IR instrument to be installed in 2001 on the telescope unit number 3 or the European Very Large Telescope program. The instrument combines imaging capabilities over a field up to about 1 arcmin at the diffraction limit of the telescope, and long- slit grating spectroscopy capabilities with various spectral resolutions. The contract to design and build VISIR was signed in November 1996 between ESO and a French-Dutch consortium of institutes. One year after the signature of the contract, VISIR has successfully passed the preliminary design review. The results of the first year of studies are presented here.Emphasis is put on the optical design which is in its final form.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317288
Show Author Affiliations
Yvon Rio, CEA/Saclay (France)
Pierre-Olivier Lagage, CEA/Saclay (France)
Didier Dubreuil, CEA/Saclay (France)
Gilles A. Durand, CEA/Saclay (France)
Charles Lyraud, CEA/Saclay (France)
Jan-Willem Pel, Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (Netherlands)
Johannes C.M. de Haas, Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (Netherlands)
Anton Schoenmaker, Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (Netherlands)
Hoite Tolsma, Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3354:
Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation
Albert M. Fowler, Editor(s)

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