First results and future plans for the Canarias Infrared Camera Experiment (CIRCE) for the Gran Telescopio Canarias

Alan Garner, Stephen S. Eikenberry, Miguel Charcos, Yigit Dallilar, Michelle Edwards, Nestor Lasso-Cabrera, Richard D. Stelter, Antonio Marin-Franch, S. Nicholas Raines, Kendall Ackley, John G. Bennett, Javier A. Cenarro, Brian Chinn, Veronica H. Donoso, Raymond Frommeyer, Kevin Hanna, Michael D. Herlevich, Jeff Julian, Paola Miller, Scott MullinCharles H. Murphey, Christopher Packham, Frank Varosi, Claudia Vega, Craig Warner, Anamparambu N. Ramaprakash, Mahesh Burse, Sujit Punnadi, Pravinkumar Chordia, Andreas Gerarts, Héctor De Paz Martín, María Martín Calero, Riccardo Scarpa, Sergio Fernandez Acosta, William Miguel Hernández Sánchez, Benjamin Siegel, Francisco Francisco Pérez, Himar D. Viera Martín, José A. Rodríguez Losada, Agustín Nuñez, Álvaro Tejero, Carlos E. Martín González, César Cabrera Rodríguez, Jordi Molgó Sendra, J. Esteban Rodriguez, J. Israel Fernádez Cáceres, Luis A. Rodríguez García, Manuel Huertas Lopez, Raul Dominguez, Tim Gaggstatter, Antonio Cabrera-Lavers, Stefan Geier, Peter Pessev, Ata Sarajedini, A. J. Castro-Tirado

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CIRCE is a near-infrared (1-2.5 micron) imager (including low-resolution spectroscopy and polarimetery) in operation as a visitor instrument on the Gran Telescopio Canarias 10.-4m tele scope. It was built largely by graduate students and postdocs, with help from the UF Astronomy engineering group, and is funded by the University of Florida and the U.S. National Science Foundation. CIRCE is helping to fill the gap in time between GTC first light and the arrival of EMIR, and will also provide the following scientific capabilities to compliment EMIR after its arrival: high-resolution imaging, narrowband imaging, high-time-resolution photometry, polarimetry, and low-resolution spectroscopy. There are already scientific results from CIRCE, some of which we will review. Additionally, we will go over the observing modes of CIRCE, including the two additional modes that were added during a service and upgrading run in March 2016.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE
Subtitle of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
EditorsChristopher J Evans, Luc Simard, Hideki Takami
Place of PublicationBellingham WA USA
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601963
ISBN (Print)9781510601956
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy 2016 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 20161 Jul 2016
Conference number: 6th (Proceedings )

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
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