MICADO is the adaptive optics imaging camera for the E-ELT. It has been designed and optimised to be mounted to the LGS-MCAO system MAORY, and will provide diffraction limited imaging over a wide (~1 arcmin) field of view. For initial operations, it can also be used with its own simpler AO module that provides on-axis diffraction limited performance using natural guide stars. We discuss the instrument's key capabilities and expected performance, and show how the science drivers have shaped its design. We outline the technical concept, from the opto-mechanical design to operations and data processing. We describe the AO module, summarise the instrument performance, and indicate some possible future developments.
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
- Pub Date:
- July 2010
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
- Contribution to "Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III', SPIE 7735-80 (June 2010). High resolution version can be found at http://spiedl.org