8 July 2014 The LINC-NIRVANA high resolution imager: challenges from the lab to first light
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We present an update on LINC-NIRVANA (LN), an innovative, high-resolution infrared imager for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). LN uses Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO) for high-sky-coverage diffraction-limited imagery and interferometric beam combination. The last two years have seen both successes and challenges. On the one hand, final integration is proceeding well in the lab. We also achieved First Light at the LBT with the Pathfinder experiment. On the other hand, funding constraints have forced a significant re-planning of the overall instrument implementation. This paper presents our progress and plans for bringing the instrument online at the telescope.
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T. M. Herbst, T. M. Herbst, R. Ragazzoni, R. Ragazzoni, A. Eckart, A. Eckart, G. Weigelt, G. Weigelt, } "The LINC-NIRVANA high resolution imager: challenges from the lab to first light", Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91471M (8 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055467; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055467
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