ERIS is an instrument that will both extend and enhance the fundamental diffraction limited imaging and spectroscopy capability for the VLT. It will replace two instruments that are now being maintained beyond their operational lifetimes, combine their functionality on a single focus, provide a new wavefront sensing module that makes use of the facility Adaptive Optics System, and considerably improve their performance. The instrument will be competitive with respect to JWST in several regimes, and has outstanding potential for studies of the Galactic Center, exoplanets, and high redshift galaxies. ERIS had its final design review in 2017, and is expected to be on sky in 2020. This contribution describes the instrument concept, outlines its expected performance, and highlights where it will most excel.
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
- Pub Date:
- July 2018
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
- 12 pages, Proc SPIE 10702 "Ground-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII"