AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 49 Radio and IR Observatories and Instruments
Poster, Tuesday, January 11, 2005, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[49.10] First Light for Mimir, a Near-Infrared Wide-Field Imager, Spectrometer, and Polarimeter for the Perkins Telescope

D.P. Clemens, D. Sarcia, E.V. Tollestrup, A. Grabau, A. Bosh (IAR/Boston University), M. Buie, B. Taylor, E. Dunham (Lowell Observatory)

The Mimir instrument completed its 5-year development in our Boston University lab and was delivered this past July to Flagstaff, Arizona and the Perkins telescope for commissioning. Mimir is a "facility-class" multi-function near-infrared imager, spectrometer, and polarimeter developed under a joint program by Boston University and Lowell Observatory scientists, staff, and engineers. It fully covers the wavelength range 1-5 microns onto its 1024x1024 Aladdin III InSb array detector. In its wide-field imaging mode, a 10x10 arcmin field is sampled at 0.6 arcsec per pixel. In its narrow-field mode, the field is 3x3 arcmin, sampled at 0.2 arcsec per pixel. A full complement of JHKsL'M' broad-band filters are present in its four filter wheels. Spectroscopy is accomplished using a matched slit-plate and selector system, three grisms, and special spectroscopy filters (for order suppression). Polarimetry is accomplished using rotating half-wave plates and a fixed wire grid. All of these modes were certified in the lab; all have been certified at the Perkins telescope during the August/September commissioning run. Mode switches are accomplished in a matter of only seconds, making Mimir exceedingly versatile. The poster highlights the designs and components of Mimir as well as examples of images, spectra, and polarimetry from the commissioning telescope runs this past fall. Internal, shared-risk observations with Mimir begin this quarter.

Mimir design and development has been funded by NASA, NSF, and the W.M. Keck Foundation.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: clemens@bu.edu

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