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Probing unexplored territories with MUSE: a second generation instrument for the VLT
Author(s): R. Bacon; S. Bauer; P. Boehm; D. Boudon; S. Brau-Nogué; P. Caillier; L. Capoani; C. M. Carollo; N. Champavert; T. Contini; E. Daguisé; D. Dallé; B. Delabre; J. Devriendt; S. Dreizler; J. Dubois; M. Dupieux; J. P. Dupin; E. Emsellem; P. Ferruit; M. Franx; G. Gallou; J. Gerssen; B. Guiderdoni; T. Hahn; D. Hofmann; A. Jarno; A. Kelz; C. Koehler; W. Kollatschny; J. Kosmalski; F. Laurent; S. J. Lilly; J. Lizon; M. Loupias; S. Lynn; A. Manescau; R. M. McDermid; C. Monstein; H. Nicklas; L. Parès; L. Pasquini; A. Pécontal-Rousset; E. Pécontal; R. Pello; C. Petit; J.-P. Picat; E. Popow; A. Quirrenbach; R. Reiss; E. Renault; M. Roth; J. Schaye; G. Soucail; M. Steinmetz; S. Stroebele; R. Stuik; P. Weilbacher; H. Wozniak; P. T. de Zeeuw
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Paper Abstract

The Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) is a second-generation VLT panoramic integral-field spectrograph under preliminary design study. MUSE has a field of 1x1 arcmin2 sampled at 0.2x0.2 arcsec2 and is assisted by the VLT ground layer adaptive optics ESO facility using four laser guide stars. The simultaneous spectral range is 0.465-0.93 μm, at a resolution of R~3000. MUSE couples the discovery potential of a large imaging device to the measuring capabilities of a high-quality spectrograph, while taking advantage of the increased spatial resolution provided by adaptive optics. This makes MUSE a unique and tremendously powerful instrument for discovering and characterizing objects that lie beyond the reach of even the deepest imaging surveys. MUSE has also a high spatial resolution mode with 7.5x7.5 arcsec2 field of view sampled at 25 milli-arcsec. In this mode MUSE should be able to obtain diffraction limited data-cubes in the 0.6-0.93 μm wavelength range. Although the MUSE design has been optimized for the study of galaxy formation and evolution, it has a wide range of possible applications; e.g. monitoring of outer planets atmosphere, environment of young stellar objects, super massive black holes and active nuclei in nearby galaxies or massive spectroscopic surveys of stellar fields in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6269, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, 62690J (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669772
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R. Bacon, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
S. Bauer, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
P. Boehm, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
D. Boudon, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
S. Brau-Nogué, LAOMP, Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
P. Caillier, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
L. Capoani, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
C. M. Carollo, ETH Zürich, Institute of Astronomy (Switzerland)
N. Champavert, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
T. Contini, LAOMP, Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
E. Daguisé, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
D. Dallé, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
B. Delabre, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
J. Devriendt, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
S. Dreizler, Institute for Astrophysics Göttingen (Germany)
J. Dubois, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
M. Dupieux, LAOMP, Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
J. P. Dupin, LAOMP, Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
E. Emsellem, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
P. Ferruit, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
M. Franx, Sterrewachte Leiden (Netherlands)
G. Gallou, LAOMP, Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
J. Gerssen, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
B. Guiderdoni, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
T. Hahn, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
D. Hofmann, Institute for Astrophysics Göttingen (Germany)
A. Jarno, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
A. Kelz, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
C. Koehler, Institute for Astrophysics Göttingen (Germany)
W. Kollatschny, Institute for Astrophysics Göttingen (Germany)
J. Kosmalski, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
F. Laurent, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
S. J. Lilly, ETH Zürich, Institute of Astronomy (Switzerland)
J. Lizon, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
M. Loupias, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
S. Lynn, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
A. Manescau, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
R. M. McDermid, Sterrewachte Leiden (Netherlands)
C. Monstein, ETH Zürich, Institute of Astronomy (Switzerland)
H. Nicklas, Institute for Astrophysics Göttingen (Germany)
L. Parès, LAOMP, Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
L. Pasquini, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
A. Pécontal-Rousset, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
E. Pécontal, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
R. Pello, LAOMP - Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
C. Petit, CRAL - Observatoire de Lyon (France)
J.-P. Picat, LAOMP, Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
E. Popow, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
A. Quirrenbach, Sterrewachte Leiden (Netherlands)
R. Reiss, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
E. Renault, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
M. Roth, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
J. Schaye, Sterrewachte Leiden (Netherlands)
G. Soucail, LAOMP, Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (France)
M. Steinmetz, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
S. Stroebele, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
R. Stuik, Sterrewachte Leiden (Netherlands)
P. Weilbacher, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
H. Wozniak, CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
P. T. de Zeeuw, Sterrewachte Leiden (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6269:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
Ian S. McLean; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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