• MPIA: Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie in Heidelberg, Germany (PI institute)
  • INAF: Italian Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica  Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri in Firenze, Italy
  • Physikalisches Institut der Universität zu Köln, Germany
  • MPIfR: Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie in Bonn, Germany

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The LINC-NIRVANA Instrument

LINC-NIRVANA (LBT INterferometric Camera -Near-IR / Visible Adaptive INterferometer for Astronomy) is built for one of the most exciting new astronomical telescopes, the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) on Mt. Graham in Arizona, USA. With its two 8.4 m primary mirrors, the design makes possible near-infrared (1 - 2.4 µm) interferometric observations with a maximum baseline of 23 m. LINC-NIRVANA is a beam combiner instrument in so-called “Fizeau” mode, which can deliver true diffraction-limited images in the near-infrared and can preserve phase information within a large field-of-view of 10” x 10”. At J-band wavelengths (1.1 µm), the diffraction-limited resolution of 10 mas can be achieved.


Test Object classes:
Supernova Cosmology,
Galaxy Formation,
Energy Balance in Stellar Nurseries,
Structure of Circumstellar Disks,
Extrasolar Planets

Atmosphere Atmosphere

Telescope Telescopes:

Optic Optics:
Beam Combiner,
Fringe Tracker
Imaging sensor Imaging sensors:
Electronic Electronics:
Readout Electronics developed by our group for Fringe- and Flexure Imaging Sensors,
Near InfraRed Camera System (NIRCS) for Science Detector
Online Software Online Processing:
LINC-NIRVANA Online Software
Reduction Software Data Reduction Software:
LINC-NIRVANA Data Reduction Software (LN DRS) developed by our group
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