MOONS: a multi-object optical and near-infrared spectrograph for the VLT

  title={MOONS: a multi-object optical and near-infrared spectrograph for the VLT},
  author={Michele Cirasuolo and Jos{\'e} Afonso and Ralf Bender and Piercarlo Bonifacio and C. J. Evans and Lex Kaper and Ernesto Oliva and Leonardo Vanzi and Manuel Abreu and Eli Atad-Ettedgui and C. Babusiaux and Franz Erik Bauer and Philip N. Best and Naidu Bezawada and Ian R. Bryson and Alexandre Cabral and Karina I. Caputi and Mauro Centrone and Fanny Chemla and Andrea Cimatti and Maria-Rosa L. Cioni and Gisella Clementini and Jo{\~a}o M. P. Coelho and Emanuele Daddi and James S. Dunlop and Sofia Feltzing and Annette M. N. Ferguson and H{\'e}ctor Flores and Adriano Fontana and Johan P. U. Fynbo and Bianca Garilli and Adrian M. Glauser and Isabelle Guinouard and Jean-François Hammer and Peter R. Hastings and H. J. Hess and Robert J. Ivison and Pascal Jagourel and Matt J. Jarvis and G. Kauffman and Andy Lawrence and D. Lee and Gianluca Li Causi and Simon J. Lilly and D. Lorenzetti and Roberto Maiolino and Filippo Mannucci and Ross J. McLure and Dante Minniti and David M. Montgomery and Bernard Muschielok and Kirpal Nandra and Ram{\'o}n Navarro and Peder Norberg and Livia Origlia and Nelson Padilla and John A Peacock and Francesco Pedicini and Laura Pentericci and Johan Pragt and Mathieu Puech and Sofia Randich and Alvio Renzini and Nils Ryde and Morgani Rodrigues and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Royer and Roberto P. Saglia and A. S{\'a}nchez and Hermine Schnetler and David Sobral and Roberto Speziali and Stephen P. Todd and Eline Tolstoy and Miguel Torres and Lars Venema and Fabrizio Vitali and M Wegner and Martyn Wells and Vivienne Wild and G. F. SmootE.L. Wright},
  booktitle={Other Conferences},
MOONS is a new conceptual design for a Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph for the Very Large Telescope (VLT), selected by ESO for a Phase A study. The baseline design consists of ~1000 fibers deployable over a field of view of ~500 square arcmin, the largest patrol field offered by the Nasmyth focus at the VLT. The total wavelength coverage is 0.8μm-1.8μm and two resolution modes: medium resolution and high resolution. In the medium resolution mode (R~4,000-6,000) the entire… 

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