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21 August 1998 VISIR: the mid-infrared imager and spectrometer for the VLT
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In this paper, we present VISIR, the mid-IR instrument to be installed in 2001 on the telescope unit number 3 or the European Very Large Telescope program. The instrument combines imaging capabilities over a field up to about 1 arcmin at the diffraction limit of the telescope, and long- slit grating spectroscopy capabilities with various spectral resolutions. The contract to design and build VISIR was signed in November 1996 between ESO and a French-Dutch consortium of institutes. One year after the signature of the contract, VISIR has successfully passed the preliminary design review. The results of the first year of studies are presented here.Emphasis is put on the optical design which is in its final form.
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Yvon Rio, Pierre-Olivier Lagage, Didier Dubreuil, Gilles A. Durand, Charles Lyraud, Jan-Willem Pel, Johannes C.M. de Haas, Anton Schoenmaker, and Hoite Tolsma "VISIR: the mid-infrared imager and spectrometer for the VLT", Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998);


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