MAVIS conceptual design

Francois Rigaut*, Richard McDermid, Giovanni Cresci, Valentina Viotto, Simon Ellis, David Brodrick, Guido Agapito, Thierry Fusco, Benoit Neichel, Pierre Haguenauer, Cedric Plantet, Bernardo Salasnich, Matteo Aliverti, Simone Antoniucci, Andrea Balestra, Andrea Baruffolo, Olivier Beltramo-Martin, Maria Bergomi, Andrea Blanco, Marco BonagliaGiuseppe Bono, Lorenzo Busoni, Elena Carolo, Simonetta Chinellato, Robert Content, Jesse Cranney, Gayandhi de Silva, Simone Esposito, Daniela Fantinel, Jacopo Farinato, Dionne Haynes, Anthony Horton, Gaston Gausachs, James Gilbert, Damien Gratadour, Davide Greggio, Marco Gullieuszik, Visa Korkiakoski, Demetrio Magrin, Laura Magrini, Luca Marafatto, Helen McGregor, Trevor Mendel, Stephanie Monty, Fernando Pedichini, Enrico Pinna, Elisa Portaluri, Kalyan Radhakrishnan Santhakumari, Roberto Ragazzoni, David Robertson, Christian Schwab, Stefan Ströbele, Elliott Thorn, Annino Vaccarella, Daniele Vassallo, Lew Waller, Frédéric Zamkotsian, Alessio Zanutta, Hao Zhang

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A consortium of several Australian and European institutes – together with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) – has initiated the design of MAVIS, a Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO) system for the ground- based 8-m Very Large Telescope (VLT). MAVIS (MCAO-assisted Visible Imager and Spectrograph) will deliver visible images and integral field spectrograph data with 2-3x better angular resolution than the Hubble Space Telescope, making it a powerful complement at visible wavelengths to future facilities like the space-based James Webb Space Telescope and the 30 to 40m-class ground-based telescopes currently under construction, which are all targeting science at near-infrared wavelengths. MAVIS successfully passed its Phase A in May 2020. We present the motivations, requirements, principal design choices, conceptual design, expected performance and an overview of the exciting science enabled by MAVIS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
EditorsChristopher J. Evans, Julia J. Bryant, Kentaro Motohara
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636828
ISBN (Print)9781510636811
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII - Virtual, United States
Duration: 14 Dec 202022 Dec 2020

Publication series

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


ConferenceGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Adaptive Optics
  • Astronomical Instrumentation
  • High Angular Resolution
  • Spectroscopy


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