Extragalactic integral field spectroscopy on the Gemini telescopes

Andrew Bunker*, Joanna Smith, Ian Parry, R. Ben Metcalf, Rob Sharp, Richard de Grijs, Richard Bower, Mark Swinbank

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We have undertaken a programme on the Gemini 8-m telescopes to demonstrate the power of integral field spectroscopy, using the CIRPASS instrument in the near-infrared. Here, we present some of our results from 3D spectroscopy of extra-galactic objects: mapping the Hα velocity field in a z ≈ 1 disc galaxy; exploring dark matter sub-structure through observations of an Einstein cross gravitational lens; and the star formation time-scales of young massive clusters in a starburst galaxy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-425
Number of pages4
JournalNew Astronomy Reviews
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


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