MIRADAS is the third-generation near-infrared spectrograph for the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) telescope. The science team behind the instrument is comprised of a large number of scientists from many institutions within the GTC community.
Cryogenic Robotic Arms. The University of Florida, The University of Barcelona and AVS our Spanish Industrial partner, are collaborating in developing cutting edge technology for the Mid resolution InfRAreD Astronomical Spectrograph MIRADAS.
The GTC's near-infrared spectrograph can study many objects simultaneously and at high spectral resolution. It will enable cutting edge science that had never been possible before, revealing the physics of the most massive stars, studying the building blocks of today's galaxies at high redshift, and unveiling the structure of the inner Milky Way. With MIRADAS we will take the techniques of solar physics and apply them to other stars using spectro-polarimetry.
MIRADAS is the most powerful astronomical instrument of its kind ever developed.
The combination of the collecting area of GTC and the multi-object mid-resolution near-infrared spectra provided by MIRADAS make its capabilities unparalleled for addressing some of the leading scientific challenges of the coming decades.
This third-generation instrument for the telescope is led by Prof. Stephen Eikenberry from the University of Florida (USA), in collaboration with Universidad de Barcelona,
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE), Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC), and Instituto de Astronomía
de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).