University of Florida

MIRADAS Heritage

Under PI Stephen Eikenberry, the MIRADAS team has the expertise developed for a number of previous cutting-edge instruments.


FLAMINGOS-2 is a fully-cryogenic facility near-infrared imager and multi-object spectrograph for the Gemini 8-meter telescopes
(PI — S. Eikenberry).

Black holeFISICA

FISICA is a fully-cryogenic all-reflective image-slicing integral field unit for the FLAMINGOS near-infrared spectrograph
(PI — S.Eikenberry) (1)


FRIDA is an AO-fed near-infrared imager and integral field spectrograph being built for the Gran Telescopio Canarias 10.4-m telescope by a consortium led by UNAM in Mexico (PI — J. A. Lopez), and including UF, IAC, and UCM.


CIRCE is a near-infrared camera designed for the Folded Cassegrain focal station of the GTC (PI — S. Eikenberry). MIRADAS shares the same Folded Cassegrain envelope constraints as CIRCE, and the MIRADAS vacuum jacket and handling cart are loosely based on the same components in CIRCE. (3)

Credit images: (1) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, R. O'Connell (University of Virginia), F. Paresce (National Institute for Astrophysics, Bologna, Italy), E. Young (Universities Space Research Association/Ames Research Center), the WFC3 Science Oversight Committee, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) (2) Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO & ESA; Infared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/B. Williams (NCSU) (3) Image Creit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA