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17 September 2009 EAGLE: an MOAO fed multi-IFU working in the NIR on the E-ELT
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EAGLE is an instrument for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). EAGLE will be installed at the Gravity Invariant Focal Station of the E-ELT, covering a field of view of 50 square arcminutes. Its main scientific drivers are the physics and evolution of high-redshift galaxies, the detection and characterization of first-light objects and the physics of galaxy evolution from stellar archaeology. These key science programs, generic to all ELT projects and highly complementary to JWST, require 3D spectroscopy on a limited (~20) number of targets, full near IR coverage up to 2.4 micron and an image quality significantly sharper than the atmospheric seeing. The EAGLE design achieves these requirements with innovative, yet simple, solutions and technologies already available or under the final stages of development. EAGLE relies on Multi-Object Adaptive Optics (MOAO) which is being demonstrated in the laboratory and on sky. This paper provides a summary of the phase A study instrument design.
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