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    This is a near infrared integral-field spectrograph for direct imaging-spectroscopy of extra-solar planets. The first picture on the left shows our detection of all 4 of the known exoplanets orbiting the star HR8799. The second picture shows the P1640 spectra we obtained for these exoplanets. See Oppenheimer et al, 2013, Ap J, 768 for details. P1640 is a collaboration between the American Museum of Natural History, New York (PI: Ben Oppenheimer), Caltech, JPL and the IoA.
    MOONS. This is a NIR fibre-fed multi-object spectrograph for the VLT. It will have 1024 fibres, a FOV of 25 arcmins diameter, spectral resolutions between R=4000 and R=20000 and a wavelength coverage of 0.8 to 1.8 microns. Currently the project has just completed its conceptual design phase and the next steps are detailed design and construction. This project is led by the UKATC (PI: Michele Cirasuolo). My collaborators in Cambridge are Roberto Maiolino, Martin Haehnelt, George Becker, Max Pettini, Chris Haniff, David Buscher, Martin Fisher and David Sun. Science drivers for MOONS include galactic archaeology (especially the obscured bulge), Galaxy evolution at z>1, reionisation z>~7 and cosmology via RSD at z>1.

This is the high resolution spectrograph for the European Extremely Large Telescope. Currently the project is in the conceptual design phase. There are numerous science drivers but the key ones are:
  • Exoplanet spectroscopy (including the possibility of detecting life)
  • Looking for the chemical signature of population-III stars
  • Cosmology and fundamental physics

           Last updated on Jan 17th 2014.
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