SPEAKER: Myriam Rodrigues (Institute d'Astrophysique, Paris)
ABSTRACT: I will present the MOSAIC the multi-object spectrograph for the future European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the biggest telescope in the world with its 39m diameter primary mirror. MOSAIC will provide a vast discovery space, enabled by a multiplex of 200 and spectral resolving powers of R=5000 and 20000. MOSAIC will also offer the unique capability of more than 10 `high-definition' (multi-object adaptive optics, MOAO) integral-field units, optimised to investigate the physics of the sources of reionization. The combination of these modes will make MOSAIC the world-leading MOS facility, contributing to all fields of contemporary astronomy, from extra-solar planets, to the study of the halo of the Milky Way and its satellites, and from resolved stellar populations in nearby galaxies out to observations of the earliest ‘first-light’ structures in the Universe. It will also study the distribution of the dark and ordinary matter at all scales and epochs of the Universe.
PLACE: Physics Department, Seminar Room