Feb 17 – 19, 2020
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma
Europe/Rome timezone

MAVIS: a Visible MCAO-equipped imager and spectrograph for the VLT

Feb 17, 2020, 12:10 PM
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma

Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma

Palazzo Corsini via della Lungara, 10 Roma


Valentina Viotto (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF))


MAVIS is a multi-conjugate adaptive optics (MCAO) equipped system, designed to be coupled with the Very Large Telescope (VLT) Adaptive Optics Facility, with the aim to deliver visible images and integral field spectrograph data with 2-3x better angular resolution than the Hubble Space Telescope. The imager will deliver diffraction-limited image quality in the V band, in a 30”x30” field of view, with imaging from U to z bands and possibly exploiting fast cadence acquisition on a sub-section of the field. The current spectrograph baseline includes a selectable field-of-view of 2.5”x3.6”, or 5”x7.2”, with a spatial sampling of 25 or 50 mas respectively. This combination can deliver a spectral resolving power of R=5,000 to R=15,000, covering a wavelength range from 380 - 950 nm. The project is currently in its Phase-A study, which is being carried on by a consortium, led by Australian's AAO, and with a fundamental contribution by INAF, which is responsible for the Adaptive Optics Module design and is involved in the MAVIS science team.

Primary authors

Andrea Balestra (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Andrea Baruffolo (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Annino Vaccarella (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Anthony Horton (AAO-MQ, Macquarie University) Benoit Neichel (Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille) Bernardo Salasnich (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Dr Cedric Antoine Adrien Gabriel Plantet (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Christian Schwab (AAO-MQ, Macquarie University) Damien Gratadour (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Daniela Fantinel (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Daniele Vassallo (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) David Brodrick (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) David Robertson (AAO-MQ, Macquarie University) Davide Greggio (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Demetrio Magrin (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Dionne Haynes (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Elena Carolo (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Elisa Portaluri (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Elliott Thorn (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Enrico Pinna (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Fernando Pedichini (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Francois Rigaut (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Frederic Zamkotsian (Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille) Gaston Gausachs (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Gayandhi De Silva (AAO-MQ, Macquarie University) Giovanni Cresci (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Giuseppe Bono (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Guido Agapito (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Hao Zhang (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Helen Mcgregor (AAO-MQ, Macquarie University) Jacopo Farinato (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) James Gilbert (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Kalyan Radhakrishnan (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) - OAPD) Laura Magrini Lew Waller (AAO-MQ, Macquarie University) Lorenzo Busoni (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Luca Marafatto (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Marco Bonaglia (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Marco Gullieuszik (INAF - OAPd) Maria Bergomi (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Matteo Aliverti (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Pierre Haguenauer (European Southern Observatory) Richard McDermid (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Centre in Astronomy, Astrophysics & Astrophotonics, Macquarie University) Rob Sharp (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Robert Content (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Roberto Ragazzoni (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Simon Ellis (AAO-MQ, Macquarie University) Dr Simone Antoniucci (INAF - OAR) Simone Esposito (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Simonetta Chinellato (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Stacy Warner (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Stefan Stroebele (European Southern Observatory) Stephanie Monty (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Sudharshan Venkatesan (AAO-MQ, Macquarie University) Thierry Fusco (Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille) Trevor Mendel (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University) Valentina Viotto (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Visa Korkiakoski (AAO-Stromlo, Australian National University)

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