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An overview of the E-ELT instrumentation programme
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In this paper we present a brief status report on the conceptual designs of the instruments and adaptive optics modules that have been studied for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). In parallel with the design study for the 42-m telescope, ESO launched 8 studies devoted to the proposed instruments and 2 for post-focal adaptive optics systems. The studies were carried out in consortia of ESO member state institutes or, in two cases, by ESO in collaboration with external institutes. All studies have now been successfully completed. The result is a powerful set of facility instruments which promise to deliver the scientific goals of the telescope. The aims of the individual studies were broad: to explore the scientific capabilities required to meet the E-ELT science goals, to examine the technical feasibility of the instrument, to understand the requirements placed on the telescope design and to develop a delivery plan. From the perspective of the observatory, these are key inputs to the development of the proposal for the first generation E-ELT instrument suite along with the highest priority science goals and budgetary and technical constraints. We discuss the lessons learned and some of the key results of the process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2010
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 773524 (15 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857037
Show Author Affiliations
S. Ramsay, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
S. D'Odorico, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
M. Casali, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
J. C. González, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
N. Hubin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
M. Kasper, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
H. U. Käufl, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
M. Kissler-Patig, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
E. Marchetti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
J. Paufique, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
L. Pasquini, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
R. Siebenmorgen, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
A. Richichi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
J. Vernet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
F. M. Zerbi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7735:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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