FRIDA on the home stretch: software and pipeline completeness

Start year
2021
End year
2023
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Description

FRIDA is an Integral Field Unit (IFU) based on an image dissector system using mirrors, and several optical cameras to cover different spatial scales sampling the GTC diffraction limit in the range 0.9 μm - 2.5 μm.

Unlike all instruments installed or planned for GTC, FRIDA is the only one that will work with extreme spatial resolution, a factor 10 - 20 higher than that of current instruments (and a factor 1.7 higher than that of JWST), distinguishing details in astronomical images separated by 0.025 arcseconds in one micron, 0.04 arcseconds in two microns, the diffraction limits of a 10.4 m telescope.

FRIDA has a range of spectral resolutions in IFU mode: R= 5000 to 30 000, which will allow the measurement of stellar objects and quasars at velocities of 10 km/s.

The pending IAC's contribution to FRIDA project consists on the development, integration and testing of the detector, together with its controller and data acquisition system.

 

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