8 July 2014 Paranal instrumentation programme
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The development plan for instrumentation at the Paranal Observatory was outlined at SPIE in 2012. Its overall goal is to keep Paranal at the forefront of ground-based astronomy. In addition to the completion of the current second generation instruments, the installation of the Adaptive Optics Facility and execution of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer mid-term implementation plan, it will allow one new instrument, or instrument upgrade, to be initiated per year. The plan is divided into two phases. Over 2013-2017, instruments are selected and developed with the criteria of filling the VLT capabilities and maintaining the balance between dedicated and general purpose facilities. Beyond 2018, the instruments will be deployed in the era of maturity of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). The strategy for the second phase derives from analysis of VLT science in the E-ELT era, to be fully shaped in the coming five years. The Call for ideas for a new instrument for the New Technology Telescope at La Silla, fully funded by the community, has just been issued.
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Luca Pasquini, Luca Pasquini, Mark Casali, Mark Casali, Adrian Russell, Adrian Russell, } "Paranal instrumentation programme", Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 914704 (8 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055194; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055194
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