METIS: The Mid-Infrared E-ELT Imager and Spectrograph

Report
Sarah Kendrew
Leiden Instrumentation Group
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One of eight potential instruments for the European
ELT, the largest planned optical/IR telescope for the
next decade
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A state-of-the-art mid-infrared instrument that will
uncover unexplored parameter space at
unprecedented resolutions (spatial + spectral)
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A large international collaboration led from Leiden
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An important part of the Netherlands’ strategy for
next-generation optical/IR astronomy
European Extremely Large Telescope, 42m
Thirty Meter Telescope, 30m
First light ~
2018-2020
Giant Magellan Telescope, 24m
METIS:
Only instrument
for l > 3 mm!
• METIS (NL PI)
• MICADO
• EPICS
• OPTIMOS
Instrument selection and roadmap in 2010 by ESO
Leiden science team members:
• Ewine van Dishoeck
• Paul van der Werf
Leiden METIS team is:
• Bernhard Brandl, Principal Investigator
• Frank Molster, Project Manager
• Remko Stuik
• Laurent Jolissaint
• Sarah Kendrew
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Imaging at 3  14 µm (L, M, N bands)
◦ Fov ~ 18x18”
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Low-resolution slit spectroscopy
Imaging polarimetry (N-band)
Coronagraphy
High-res integral field [email protected] 3  5.5 (14?) µm
(R~100,000)
Diffraction limited at all wavelengths
◦ Adaptive optics to remove turbulence effects
 METIS covers huge parameter space spatially &
spectrally
Conditions in the early
Solar System, comets
Follow-up of GRBs
Martian atmosphere
Ultra-luminous IR
galaxies, starbursts, AGN
Galactic Centre studies
JWST
Star forming regions,
protoplanetary disks,
planet formation
Detection &
characterisation of
exoplanets around
nearby stars
… and more ….
ALMA E-ELT
JWST
ALMA
E-ELT
E-ELT + METIS will be an
excellent complement to
contemporary facilities
High spectral
resolution in mid-IR
not available on
JWST + E-ELT spatial
resolution superior
Science goals
• Point spread function
• Sensitivity
• Thermal requirements
Performance
simulations
• Spectral resolution
• Field of view
• Wavelength coverage
•…
Top level
requirements
Baseline
design
• Technical feasibility
• Risk assessment
• Cost
• Mass/Size
• Complexity
Get involved!
Talk to me ([email protected]) or:
Bernhard Brandl ([email protected])
Frank Molster ([email protected])
Remko Stuik ([email protected])

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