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icon February 2017
Subject: EMIR Science Verification Update II

The Science Verification (SV) campaign of EMIR started on January 6th 2017 and we are pleased to announce that one of the imaging programs was already completed. We are making a good progress with the programs requesting long-slit spectroscopy as well. We would like to reiterate that the SV phase is equally important for the demonstration of the scientific capabilities of the new instrument and for the optimization of the observational procedures and training of personal as well. Naturally the efficiency of these early observations is going to be inferior compared to the regular scientific operations. The SV PIs should be aware that we are working hard to acquire their data as soon as possible and of the highest quality (according to our current understanding of the instrument). They will be informed promptly when particular observations are completed. Also bare in mind our requirement for quick feedback on the data and the results from its reduction.

 

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icon January 2017
Subject: EMIR Science Verification Update

The EMIR team at GTC and the PIs of the approved Science Verification (SV) programs have started to advance on this important milestone of the instrument commissioning. Stay tuned for more exciting news!

 

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icon December 2016
Subject: Happy Holidays from the EMIR team.

The EMIR team wishes you Happy Holidays and a great New Year 2017 with a "Christmas tree" formed by the CSU (Configurable slit Unit) and a J band image of the NGC6946 galaxy in the background, both acquired with the instrument during the commissioning runs.

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icon June 2016
Subject: EMIR arrives at the GTC!!

The Infrared Multi-Object Spectrograph EMIR, has arrived to its permanent home at the Gran Telescopio Canarias. It was installed at the Naysmith A focal station and is being prepared for the instrument commissioning, science verification and ultimately routine science operations.

The following pictures shows the instrument during the installation process.

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EMIR instrument at the most dangerous moment of the translation to the Naysmith A platform.

 

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Almost there...

 

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EMIR installed at its permanent position.

 

 

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icon August 2014
Subject: EMIR last steps!!

GTC's future work-horse instrument, the Infrared Multi-Object Spectrograph also known as EMIR, is completing its integration tests at the workshops of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias where the instrument has been developed. Tests have been performed at different integration stages under cryogenic conditions, following a precise guideline to ensure the complete functionality of the instrument by the moment to be shipped to la Palma on Summer 2015. The full acceptance plan test is currently being developed by the instrument team, and the formal acceptation of the instrument is expected to be produced on early 2015.

The following picture shows the instrument at IAC workshop, during the comprehensive tests performed in the preparation for the acceptance tests

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EMIR instrument, being tested at IAC labs.

 

Although it will still take some time before EMIR will be delivering science routinely at the telescope, the expectations for the instrument are very high. Its combination of imaging and spectroscopic capability, in particular its multi-object mode, make the instrument extremely versatile and powerful, and therefore much sought after.

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The EMIR cryostat, put together for the first time.

 

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Last modified: 21 February 2017