Gemini Near-Infrared Integral-Field Spectrograph (NIFS)

Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics    AUSPACE Ltd. Institute for Astronomy

NIFS is a near-infrared integral-field spectrograph being developed for the Gemini 8 m telescope project by the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics which is part of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Australian National University. NIFS was destroyed in the January 2003 bushfires that destroyed much of Mt. Stromlo Observatory. Since then, NIFS-2 has been rebuilt by AUSPACE Ltd., a local aerospace company, with the assistance of RSAA staff. NIFS makes use of some of the NIRI designs produced by the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Hawaii. NIFS will be used with the Gemini facility adaptive optics system, ALTAIR, which will produce images smaller than 0.1" in size in the near-infrared. NIFS will record spectra in the wavelength range from 1 to 2.5 microns for each 0.1"×0.1" piece of a 3.0"×3.0" region of the sky. By combining the superb image quality of the Gemini telescope and its adaptive optics system with the high spatial and spectral resolution achievable with NIFS, astronomers will be able to study the infrared structure of astronomical objects on scales comparable to those achieved with the Hubble Space Telescope in the optical.

NIFS-2 nears completion at Auspace in August 2004

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