Toward a conceptual design for MAVIS

Francois Rigaut*, David Brodrick, Guido Agapito, Valentina Viotto, Cedric Plantet, Bernardo Salasnich, Richard McDermid, Giovanni Cresci, Simon Ellis, Matteo Aliverti, Simone Antoniucci, Andrea Balestra, Andrea Baruffolo, Maria Bergomi, Marco Bonaglia, Giuseppe Bono, Lorenzo Busoni, Elena Carolo, Simonetta Chinellato, Gayandhi De SilvaSimone Esposito, Daniela Fantinel, Jacopo Farinato, Thierry Fusco, Dionne Haynes, Anthony Horton, Gaston Gausachs, James Gilbert, Damien Gratadour, Davide Greggio, Marco Gullieuszik, Pierre Haguenauer, Visa Korkiakoski, Demetrio Magrin, Laura Magrini, Luca Marafatto, Helen McGregor, Trevor Mendel, Stephanie Monty, Benoit Neichel, Fernando Pedichini, Enrico Pinna, Elisa Portaluri, Kalyan Radhakrishnan, Roberto Ragazzoni, David Robertson, Christian Schwab, Rob Sharp, Marco Stangalini, Stefan Stroebele, Elliott Thorn, Annino Vaccarella, Daniele Vassallo, Sudharshan Venkatesan, Lew Waller, Stacy Warner, Frederic Zamkotsian, Hao Zhang

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MAVIS, the Multi-conjugate Adaptive-optics Visible Imager-Spectrograph is an instrument being built for the Very Large Telescope Adaptive Optics Facility. The exquisite angular resolution provided by the AO module -in combination with the AOF- will be exploited by a 4kx4k imager and a monolithic IFU covering the optical region. MAVIS is currently in phase A (conceptual design), and the consortium just passed the phase A mid-term review. In this paper, we introduce the project, detail trade-off studies and provide a snapshot of the numerical simulations and current design choices. MAVIS is shaping up to be a truely amazing facility, providing 3× the HST angular resolution with better sensitivity on point sources. MAVIS will be a workhorse facility instrument for the VLT into the 2030s, complementing very effectively facilities like the ELTs, and facing little competition in the current astronomical instrumentation landscape.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAO4ELT6
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes
Place of PublicationQuebec
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event6th International Conference on Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2019 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 9 Jun 201914 Jun 2019


Conference6th International Conference on Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2019
CityQuebec City


  • Adaptive optics
  • Astronomical instrumentation
  • High angular resolution
  • Integral field spectrographs
  • Multi-conjugate adaptive optics


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