MagNIFIES/GMTNIRS - the power and promise of a new generation of near-infrared high resolution spectroscopy

Speaker: 
Dr. Alycia Weinberger (DTM) and Prof. Daniel Jaffe (UT Austin)
Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 4:00pm

MagNIFIES is the Magellans' Near-Infrared Five-band Immersion grating Efficient Spectrograph, a project to bring the GMT instrument GMTNIRS to Magellan before GMT needs it. With its spectral resolution of 40,000 - 50,000 and the largest simultaneous spectral coverage (1-5 microns) of any high resolution spectrograph in the world, it presents many scientific opportunities. We will talk about the exciting science that can be done with sensitive high-resolution near-infrared spectroscopy, particularly focusing on the study of young stars and their circumstellar disks ,as they form and interact with any newborn planets. We will also describe the instrument and its key design attributes and capabilities.

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