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20 July 2010 METIS: system engineering and optical design of the mid-infrared E-ELT instrument
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METIS is a mid-infrared instrument proposed for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). It is designed to provide imaging and spectroscopic capabilities in the 3μm to 14μm region up to a spectral resolution of 100.000. Here the technical concept of METIS is described which has been developed based on an elaborated science case which is presented elsewhere in this conference. There are five main opto-mechanical modules all integrated into a common cryostat: The fore-optics is re-imaging the telescope focal plane into the cryostat, including a chopper, an optical de-rotator and an un-dispersed pupil stop. The imager module provides diffraction limited direct imaging, low-resolution grism spectroscopy, polarimetry and coronagraphy. The high resolution IFU spectrograph offers a spectral resolution of 100.000 for L- and M-band and optional 50.000 for the N-band. In addition to the WFS integrated into the E-ELT, there is a METIS internal on-axis WFS operating at visual wavelengths. Finally, a cold (and an external warm) calibration unit is providing all kinds of spatial and spectral calibrations capabilities. METIS is planned to be used at one of the direct Nasmyth foci available at the E-ELT. This recently finished Phase-A study carried out within the framework of the ESO sponsored E-ELT instrumentation studies has been performed by an international consortium with institutes from Germany, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom and Belgium.
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