According to the currently applicable E-ELT instrumentation plan E-ELT will offer a High Resolution Spectrograph as part of its suite of instruments soon after the first-light set of AO-modules and Scientific Instruments. This responds to the need to exploit the unprecedented photon-collection power of the E-ELT in the spectral resolution domain.
High Resolution Spectroscopy (HRS) is a general definition that applies to R=20,000 domain as well as to the R=100,000 ad higher, nowadays typical for extrasolar planet search. In a specific instrument HRS is tailored to the specific science cases and spacialised to different wavelength domains.
The goal of the HIRES Initiative is to contribute to the definition of a sounded and disruptive science case for an High Resolution Spectrograph at the E-ELT and to define an instrument concept of proven feasibility to implement such a science case.
- HIRES face-to-face meeting: Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Milano - October 1,2 2013.