Lorentz Center - MUSE Busy Week from 19 Feb 2007 through 23 Feb 2007
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    MUSE Busy Week
    from 19 Feb 2007 through 23 Feb 2007

 
MUSE is an Adaptive Optics assisted Integral Field Spectrograph, currently being build as a second generation instrument for the VLT by a consortium consisting of several European partners and led by the Centre de Recherche Astronomique de Lyon (CRAL)
MUSE is an Adaptive Optics assisted Integral Field Spectrograph, currently being 
build as a second generation instrument for the VLT by a consortium consisting of 
several European partners and led by the Centre de Recherche Astronomique de
Lyon (CRAL). The instrument will have to instrument modes; the Wide Field Mode 
(WFM) and Narrow Field Mode (NFM), each with their respective science case. The 
WFM, using a Ground Layer Adaptive Optics system to achieve a moderate, uniform 
correction over a field of 1 x 1’, a sampling of 0.2” and having a spectral resolution of 
2000-4000, will be mainly aimed at very deep, large area surveys, allowing for the 
study of the earliest galaxies at the highest red shifts or Lyman-break galaxies, but 
also allows for spatially resolved spectroscopy of luminous distant galaxies. The 
NFM, using a Laser Tomographic Adaptive Optics System to achieve high 
correction over a field of 7.5 x 7.5”, a sampling of 0.025 and again having a spectral 
resolution of 2000-4000, will be mainly used to study the cores of nearer galaxies, 
probe the relationship between super massive black holes and their host galaxies 
and associated kinematics.
MUSE is currently in its Preliminary Design Phase and will have its Preliminary Design 
Review (PDR) in July of 2007. This meeting aims at preparing for this PDR, discussions 
regarding critical issues and streamlining the collaboration between the different teams, 
working on the different elements of the instrument. Partners from all collaborating institutes 
(AIP – Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, CRAL –Centre de Recherche Astronomique 
de Lyon, ESO/INS – ESO Instrument Division, ESO/AOT – ESO Adaptive Optics Team, 
ETH – Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, IAG –Institute für Astrophysik Göttingen, 
LAOMP – Laboratoire d'Astrophysique Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées and Leiden
Sterrewacht Leiden) will be meeting in Leiden and discuss these issues in a number of 
parallel sessions. 
Specific topics to be discussed include: 
     Management 
     System analysis 
     Optics, Mechanics and Electronics 
     Metrology 
     Calibration 
     AIT

 



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