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EMIR

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(Multi-object Infrared Spectrograph). EMIR is a wide-field camera and intermediate resolution near infrared spectrograph for the GTC.

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Description

EMIR is a wide-field camera and a multi-object, intermediate resolution near-infrared spectrograph for the GTC telescope. Its equipment includes three advanced technology latest generation subsystems, some of which have been specially designed for this project: a robotic reconfigurable slit system (for obtaining spectra from up to 50 objects simultaneously); dispersive elements created by combining high quality diffraction gratings, manufactured using photoresist processes, with large-scale conventional prisms; and the HAWAII-2 detector made by Rockwell, which is designed for the near-infrared, has a format of 2048x2048 pixels and is fitted with a new control system developed by the project team. EMIR is a second generation instrument that will be installed at the Nasmyth focus of the GTC.

The project is led by the IAC with the participation of the Laboratoire d''Astrophysique - Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées (France), the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Laboratoire d''Astrophysique - Observatoire de Marselle (France).

Principal Investigator: Francisco Garzón

Manager: Jesús Patrón

Technical Manager: Mary Barreto

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