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ID: 559279.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Mid-infrared astronomy with the E-ELT: performance of METIS
Authors:Kendrew, S.; Jolissaint, L.; Brandl, B.; Lenzen, R.; Pantin, E.; Glasse, A.; Blommaert, J.; Venema, L.; Siebenmorgen, R.; Molster, F.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2010
Title of Proceedings:Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Start Page:77355F-77355F
End Page:13
Volume (in Series):7735
Name of Conference/Meeting:Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We present results of performance modelling for METIS, the Mid-infrared European Extremely Large Telescope Imager and Spectrograph. Designed by a consortium of NOVA (Netherlands), UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK), MPIA Heidelberg (Germany), CEA Saclay (France) and KU Leuven (Belgium), METIS will cover the atmospheric windows in L, M and N-band and will offer imaging, medium-resolution slit spectroscopy (R~1000- 3000) and high-resolution integral field spectroscopy (R~100,000). Our model uses a detailed set of input parameters for site characteristics and atmospheric profiles, optical design, thermal background and the most up-to-date IR detector specifications. We show that METIS will bring an orders-of-magnitude level improvement in sensitivity and resolution over current ground-based IR facilities, bringing mid-IR sensitivities to the micro- Jansky regime. As the only proposed E-ELT instrument to cover this entire spectral region, and the only mid-IR high-resolution integral field unit planned on the ground or in space, METIS will open up a huge discovery space in IR astronomy in the next decade.
Comment of the Author/Creator:Date: 2010, July 1, 2010
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Conference-Paper
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
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