Seminary 30-1-2018. The new era of Extremely Large Telescopes: CAB participation in ELT-HARMONI

By Javier Piqueras (Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA)

Day: January 30th, 2018
Hour: 12:00
Venue:Auditorio del Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA)
Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial
Ctra de Ajalvir, km 4
28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain.

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Title: The new era of Extremely Large Telescopes: CAB participation in ELT-HARMONI

Abstract: The advent of the new extremely large telescopes in the next decade is meant to be a revolutionary milestone in ground-based astronomy. They will vastly advance our astrophysical knowledge, allowing detailed studies of planets around other stars, the first objects in the Universe, super-massive black holes, and the basic constituents of the Universe, like dark matter and dark energy, among others.

In particular, CAB participates in HARMONI, the optical and near-IR integral field spectrograph (IFS) selected as a first-light instrument for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). Designed as a workhorse instrument, HARMONII will allow us to address many of the ELT science cases. Our participation in HARMONI constitutes an unique scientific opportunity for the Spanish astronomical community, allowing access to the ELT as soon as it becomes operative, via the guaranteed time of observations.

In this talk, I will present a general overview of the different projects, focusing on the CAB participation in HARMONI and the different scientific cases we plan to address when the instrument becomes available in 2024.

Departments and support units

The answer to questions about life and its origin come from the combined efforts of many disciplines

Research areas

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