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From the VLT to the E-ELT: building a Brazilian-UK partnership on astronomical instrumentation for the world's largest telescopes

Grant number: 14/50826-5
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: April 01, 2015 - March 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Astronomy - Astronomical Instrumentation
Cooperation agreement: CONFAP ; Newton Fund, with FAPESP as a partner institution in Brazil ; STFC, UKRI
Principal Investigator:Beatriz Leonor Silveira Barbuy
Grantee:Beatriz Leonor Silveira Barbuy
Principal investigator abroad: Chris Evans
Institution abroad: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Edinburgh (STFC), Scotland
Home Institution: Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The world's largest optical-infrared telescope: the science case for the E-ELT spans the whole range of contemporary astronomy, from observations of the most distant galaxies known at the very dawn of time, to searches for biological tracers in the atmospheres of planets outside of our own solar system. The first stages of construction of the E-ELT are now under way. We intend to develop instrumentation for the E-ELT, as well as for the VLT. The main objectives of this proposal are the development of instrumentation, in particular the CUBES spectrograph for the VLT, and the MOSAIC spectrograph for the E-ELT, and the related science, in ollaboration with UK partners. (AU)