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Gemini Observatory instrumentation: a review of the past, present, and future on our 10th anniversary
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Paper Abstract

The tenth anniversary of Gemini Observatory operation provides a convenient reference point to reflect on the past, present, and future of the instrumentation program. The Observatory will soon meet a significant milestone: the last batch of instruments from the first three generations of instrumentation development will be commissioned by the end of 2011. This will represent a revolution for Gemini-South, which will have a suite of new or upgraded, state of the art instruments. Included in this suite will be extreme and multi-conjugate adaptive optics systems, new infrared imagers and multi-object spectrographs, and state of the art CCD detectors. The Observatory is on the cusp of a new era with the fourth generation of instrumentation. While the past represented building a whole new observatory, the future represents renewal and reinvestment, with plans for a new high-resolution optical spectrograph, new acquisition and guide units, upgraded and refurbished instruments, and improved methods for developing Gemini instrumentation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2010
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 773505 (14 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857563
Show Author Affiliations
Eric V. Tollestrup, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Scot J. Kleinman, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Stephen J. Goodsell, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Gustavo Arriagada, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Manuel Lazo, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Rolando Rogers, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Ramon Galvez, Gemini Observatory (United States)
John K. White, Gemini Observatory (United States)

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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