Presentation on theme: "Sarah Kendrew Leiden Instrumentation Group. One of eight potential instruments for the European ELT, the largest planned optical/IR telescope for the."— Presentation transcript:
One of eight potential instruments for the European ELT, the largest planned optical/IR telescope for the next decade A state-of-the-art mid-infrared instrument that will uncover unexplored parameter space at unprecedented resolutions (spatial + spectral) A large international collaboration led from Leiden An important part of the Netherlands’ strategy for next-generation optical/IR astronomy
Giant Magellan Telescope, 24m Thirty Meter Telescope, 30m European Extremely Large Telescope, 42m First light ~ 2018-2020
METIS: Only instrument for > 3 m! METIS (NL PI) MICADO EPICS OPTIMOS Instrument selection and roadmap in 2010 by ESO
Leiden METIS team is: Bernhard Brandl, Principal Investigator Frank Molster, Project Manager Remko Stuik Laurent Jolissaint Sarah Kendrew Leiden science team members: Ewine van Dishoeck Paul van der Werf
Imaging at 3 14 µm (L, M, N bands) ◦ Fov ~ 18x18” Low-resolution slit spectroscopy Imaging polarimetry (N-band) Coronagraphy High-res integral field spectroscopy@ 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 Ultra-luminous IR galaxies, starbursts, AGN Galactic Centre studies Star forming regions, protoplanetary disks, planet formation Detection & characterisation of exoplanets around nearby stars JWST E-ELT Martian atmosphere ALMA … and more ….
E-ELT + METIS will be an excellent complement to contemporary facilities ALMA JWST High spectral resolution in mid-IR not available on JWST + E-ELT spatial resolution superior E-ELT