The Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) for TMT: Instrument overview

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055216
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TypeArticle
Proceedings titleSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings
ConferenceGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 22 June 2014 through 26 June 2014
ISSN0277-786X
ISBN9780819496157
Volume9147
Article number914724
SubjectAstronomy; Atmospheric movements; Diffraction; Infrared imaging; Infrared spectroscopy; Optical telescopes; Spectrographs; Telescopes; Thermography (imaging); Wavefronts; Adaptive optics systems; Astrophysical objects; Atmospheric dispersion; Extremely Large Telescopes; High angular resolutions; High redshift-galaxies; Integral field spectrograph; Thirty Meter Telescope; Adaptive optics
AbstractWe present an overview of the design of IRIS, an infrared (0.84 - 2.4 micron) integral field spectrograph and imaging camera for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). With extremely low wavefront error (<30 nm) and on-board wavefront sensors, IRIS will take advantage of the high angular resolution of the narrow field infrared adaptive optics system (NFIRAOS) to dissect the sky at the diffraction limit of the 30-meter aperture. With a primary spectral resolution of 4000 and spatial sampling starting at 4 milliarcseconds, the instrument will create an unparalleled ability to explore high redshift galaxies, the Galactic center, star forming regions and virtually any astrophysical object. This paper summarizes the entire design and basic capabilities. Among the design innovations is the combination of lenslet and slicer integral field units, new 4Kx4k detectors, extremely precise atmospheric dispersion correction, infrared wavefront sensors, and a very large vacuum cryogenic system.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; National Science Infrastructure
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