AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 102. Instrumentation for the Optical and Infrared
Display, Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[102.13] Integral Field Spectroscopy at Gemini

B. Miller (Gemini Observatory)

Integral field units (IFUs) and spectrographs will be an important part of the instrument complement at both Gemini 8-meter telescopes. An especially powerful aspect of this will be the combination of IFUs with high spatial resolution adaptive optics systems. Adaptive optics will produce near diffraction-limited images with resolution approximately a factor of two better than the Hubble Space Telescope at 2 microns. Coupled with the light-gathering power of 8-meter telescopes, this combination will be well-suited for spatially resolved studies of intermediate and high redshift galaxies. IFUs employing both lenslet/fiber and image slicer technologies will give Gemini integral field capability at wavelengths from 0.4 microns to 5 microns. This presentation will review current and planned integral field capability at Gemini will give early results from the recently commissioned IFU for the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph (GMOS).

This work is supported by the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the National Science Foundation (United States), the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (United Kingdom), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), CNPq (Brazil) and CONICET (Argentina).

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