9 August 2016 NIX, the imager for ERIS: the AO instrument for the VLT
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ERIS will be the next-generation AO facility on the VLT, combining the heritage of NACO imaging, with the spectroscopic capabilities of an upgraded SINFONI. Here we report on the all-new NIX imager that will deliver diffraction-limited imaging from the J to M band. The instrument will be equipped with both Apodizing Phase Plates and Sparse Aperture Masks to provide high-angular resolution imagery, especially suited for exoplanet imaging and characterization. This paper provides detail on the instrument’s design and how it is suited to address a broad range of science cases, from detailed studies of the galactic centre at the highest resolutions, to studying detailed resolved stellar populations.
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David Pearson, David Pearson, William Taylor, William Taylor, Ric Davies, Ric Davies, Mike MacIntosh, Mike MacIntosh, David Henry, David Henry, David Lunney, David Lunney, Chris Waring, Chris Waring, Xiaofeng Gao, Xiaofeng Gao, John Lightfoot, John Lightfoot, Adrian M. Glauser, Adrian M. Glauser, Sascha P. Quanz, Sascha P. Quanz, Michael R. Meyer, Michael R. Meyer, Hans Martin Schmid, Hans Martin Schmid, Stephen March, Stephen March, Walter Bachmann, Walter Bachmann, Helmut Feuchtgruber, Helmut Feuchtgruber, Elizabeth George, Elizabeth George, Eckhard Sturm, Eckhard Sturm, Beth Biller, Beth Biller, Sasha Hinckley, Sasha Hinckley, Matthew Kenworthy, Matthew Kenworthy, Paola Amico, Paola Amico, Andreas Glindemann, Andreas Glindemann, Marcus Kasper, Marcus Kasper, Harald Kuntschner, Harald Kuntschner, Reinhold Dorn, Reinhold Dorn, Sebastian Egner, Sebastian Egner, "NIX, the imager for ERIS: the AO instrument for the VLT", Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99083F (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2234074; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2234074

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