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6 August 2010 Expected performance and simulated observations of the instrument HARMONI at the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT)
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HARMONI has been conceived as a workhorse visible and near-infrared (0.47-2.45 microns) integral field spectrograph for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). It provides both seeing and diffraction limited observations at several spectral resolutions (R= 4000, 10000, 20000). HARMONI can operate with almost any flavor of AO (e.g. GLAO, LTAO, SCAO), and it is equipped with four spaxel scales (4, 10, 20 and 40 mas) thanks to which it can be optimally configured for a wide variety of science programs, from ultra-sensitive observations of point sources to highangular resolution spatially resolved studies of extended objects. In this paper we describe the expected performance of the instrument as well as its scientific potential. We show some simulated observations for a selected science program, and compare HARMONI with other ground and space based facilities, like VLT, ALMA, and JWST, commenting on their synergies and complementarities.
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Santiago Arribas, Niranjan A. Thatte, Mathias Tecza, Timothy Goodsall, Fraser Clarke, Roger L. Davies, Roland Bacon, Luis Colina, David Lunney, Evencio Mediavilla, Alban Remillieux, Dimitra Rigopoulou, Mark Swinbank, and Aprajita Verma "Expected performance and simulated observations of the instrument HARMONI at the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT)", Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77355H (6 August 2010); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857548
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