Infrared/Submillimeter Instrumentation at MPE


Very Large Telescope Large Binocular Telescope HERSCHEL E-ELT (ESO)

The click-able figure below illustrates:

experiments which are under development, in the design phase, or under consideration

  • ERIS , adaptive optics camera and imaging spectrograph for the VLT
  • MICADO , MCAO Imaging Camera for Deep Observations
  • GRAVITY , an adaptive optics assisted, near-infrared VLTI instrument for precision narrow-angle astrometry and interferometric phase referenced imaging of faint objects.
  • ARGOS - the Laser Guide Stars for the LBT.

and experiments which are/were operational at telescopes or on satellites

  • KMOS , a multi integral field spectrograph
  • PACS (2009-2013) , a far-infrared imaging photometer and spectrometer instrument for the Herschel Space Observatory (formerly known as FIRST)
  • LUCI , a facility NIR spectrograph for the Large Binocular Telescope
  • PARSEC (2006-2012) , the laser for the VLT (part of the ESO LGSF)
  • SINFONI, a state-of-the-art imaging NIR spectrometer ( SPIFFI [MPE]) plus an adaptive optics system ( MACAO [ESO])
  • CONICA , a diffraction-limited near infrared camera for the ESO VLT
  • FIFI LS , the Field-Imaging Far-Infrared Line Spectrometer for the SOFIA airborne observatory.
  • LISA , the near infrared camera for the VLT Interferometer Commissionning Instrument (2001-2003)
  • ALFA , an adaptive optics system with a laser guide star (2996-2002)
  • high spatial resolution near-infrared speckle cameras  SHARP I (1991-2002) and  SHARP II+ (1995-2002)
  • the 30m Telescope (since 1985) and Plateau de Bure Interferometer (since 1992), systems for high sensitivity and high spatial resolution millimeter wavelength observations. Both facilities are operated by  IRAM .
  • the first integral field near-infrared spectrometer  3D (1993-1999)
  • Infrared Space Observatory Short Wavelength Spectrometer,  ISO-SWS , an instrument which provided high sensitivity spectrocopic data from 2.4 - 45µm (1995 - 1998)
  •  MANIAC , a unique instrument designed for simultaneous observations in the near-infrared and mid-infrared (1996-1999)

MICADO Eris Spica GRAVITY Argos KMOS LUCI SPIFFI CONICA SHARP I SHARP II 3D ISO SWS PACS IRAM