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LUCIFER status report: summer 2008
Author(s): Holger Mandel; Walter Seifert; Reiner Hofmann; Marcus Jütte; Rainer Lenzen; Nancy Ageorges; Dominik Bomans; Peter Buschkamp; Ralf-Jürgen Dettmar; Carmen Feiz; Hans Gemperlein; André Germeroth; Lutz Geuer; Jochen Heidt; Volker Knierim; Werner Laun; Michael Lehmitz; Ulrich Mall; Peter Müller; Vianac Naranjo; Kai Polsterer; Andreas Quirrenbach; Ludwig Schäffner; Florian Schwind; Peter Weiser; Harald Weisz
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Paper Abstract

LUCIFER is a NIR spectrograph and imager (wavelength range 0.9 to 2.5 micron) for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) on Mt. Graham, Arizona, working at cryogenic temperatures of less than 70K. Two instruments are built by a consortium of five German institutes and will be mounted at the bent Gregorian foci of the two individual telescope mirrors. Three exchangable cameras are available for imaging and spectroscopy: two of them are optimized for seeing-limited conditions, a third camera for the diffraction limited case will be used with the LBT adaptive secondary mirror working. Up to 33 exchangeable masks are available for longslit or multi-object spectroscopy (MOS) over the full field of view (FOV). Both MOS-units (LUCIFER 1 and LUCIFER 2) and the auxiliary cryostats together with the control electronics have been completed. The observational software-package is in its final stage of preparation. After the total integration of LUCIFER 1 extensive tests were done for all electro-mechanical functions and the verification of the instrument started. The results of the tests are presented in detail and are compared with the specifications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70143S (11 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787203
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Holger Mandel, ZAH, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Walter Seifert, ZAH, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Reiner Hofmann, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Marcus Jütte, Astronomisches Institut der Ruhr Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Rainer Lenzen, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Nancy Ageorges, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Dominik Bomans, Astronomisches Institut der Ruhr Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Peter Buschkamp, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Ralf-Jürgen Dettmar, Astronomisches Institut der Ruhr Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Carmen Feiz, ZAH, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Hans Gemperlein, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
André Germeroth, ZAH, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Lutz Geuer, ZAH, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Jochen Heidt, ZAH, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Volker Knierim, Astronomisches Institut der Ruhr Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Werner Laun, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Michael Lehmitz, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Ulrich Mall, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Peter Müller, ZAH, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Vianac Naranjo, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Kai Polsterer, Astronomisches Institut der Ruhr Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Andreas Quirrenbach, ZAH, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Ludwig Schäffner, ZAH, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Florian Schwind, ZAH, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Peter Weiser, Fachhochschule für Technik und Gestaltung Mannheim (Germany)
Harald Weisz, Ingenieurbüro für den Maschinenbau München (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7014:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Ian S. McLean; Mark M. Casali, Editor(s)

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