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MEGARA, the new IFU & MOS for the 10.4m GTC telescope

Armando Gil de Paz
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

MEGARA (Multi-Espectrógrafo en GTC de Alta Resolución para Astronomía) is the new high-throughput intermediate-resolution (R=6000-20000) optical Integral-Field Unit and Multi-Object Spectrograph for the 10.4m GTC telescope. In this talk I will describe the characteristics of the instrument and its construction and AIV status along with its main scientific drivers. These include the study Galactic nebulae and low-mass stars in stellar clusters, resolved (w. MOS) and unresolved (w. IFU) stellar populations in nearby galaxies, and galaxy evolution in general. MEGARA will be delivered to GTC at the end of this year and will see first light in Spring 2017.

4 February 2016, 13:30

Centro de Astrofísica
Rua das Estrelas
4150-762 Porto

Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences

Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) is a new but long anticipated research infrastructure with a national dimension. It embodies a bold but feasible vision for the development of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences in Portugal, taking full advantage and fully realizing the potential created by the national membership of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). IA resulted from the merging the two most prominent research units in the field in Portugal: the Centre for Astrophysics of the University of Porto (CAUP) and the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Lisbon (CAAUL). It currently hosts more than two-thirds of all active researchers working in Space Sciences in Portugal, and is responsible for an even greater fraction of the national productivity in international ISI journals in the area of Space Sciences. This is the scientific area with the highest relative impact factor (1.65 times above the international average) and the field with the highest average number of citations per article for Portugal.

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