Gemini's instrumentation program: Latest results and long-range plan

Maxime Boccas*, S. J. Kleinman, Stephen Goodsell, Eric Tollestrup, Andy Adamson, Gustavo Arriagada, Julian Christou, Patricio Gonzalez, Kevin Hanna, Markus Hartung, Manuel Lazo, Rachel Mason, Benoit Neichel, Gabriel Perez, Doug Simons, Brian Walls, John White

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    Abstract

    The Gemini Observatory is going through an extraordinary time with astronomical instrumentation. New powerful capabilities are delivered and are soon entering scientific operations. In parallel, new instruments are being planned and designed to align the strategy with community needs and enhance the competitiveness of the Observatory for the next decade. We will give a broad overview of the instrumentation program, focusing on achievements, challenges and strategies within a scientific, technical and management perspective. In particular we will discuss the following instruments and projects (some will have dedicated detailed papers in this conference): GMOS-CCD refurbishment, FLAMINGOS-2, GeMS (MCAO system and imager GSAOI), GPI, new generation of A&G, GRACES (fiber feed to CFHT ESPaDOnS) and GHOS (Gemini High-resolution Optical Spectrograph), and provide some updates about detector controllers, mid-IR instruments, Altair, GNIRS, GLAO and future workhorse instruments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: 1 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    Volume8446
    ISSN (Print)0277-786X

    Conference

    ConferenceGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    CityAmsterdam
    Period1/07/126/07/12

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