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11 July 2008 LUCIFER status report: summer 2008
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LUCIFER is a NIR spectrograph and imager (wavelength range 0.9 to 2.5 micron) for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) on Mt. Graham, Arizona, working at cryogenic temperatures of less than 70K. Two instruments are built by a consortium of five German institutes and will be mounted at the bent Gregorian foci of the two individual telescope mirrors. Three exchangable cameras are available for imaging and spectroscopy: two of them are optimized for seeing-limited conditions, a third camera for the diffraction limited case will be used with the LBT adaptive secondary mirror working. Up to 33 exchangeable masks are available for longslit or multi-object spectroscopy (MOS) over the full field of view (FOV). Both MOS-units (LUCIFER 1 and LUCIFER 2) and the auxiliary cryostats together with the control electronics have been completed. The observational software-package is in its final stage of preparation. After the total integration of LUCIFER 1 extensive tests were done for all electro-mechanical functions and the verification of the instrument started. The results of the tests are presented in detail and are compared with the specifications.
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