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Visible Multi Object Spectrograph

VIMOS attached to VLT's Melipal (UT3)

The Visible Multi-Object Spectrograph (VIMOS) is a wide field imager and a multi-object spectrograph installed at the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT), in Chile. The instrument used for deep astronomical surveys delivers visible images and spectra of up to 1,000 galaxies at a time.[1][2]

The Franco-Italian instrument operates in the visible part of the spectrum from 360 to 1000 nanometers (nm). In the conceptual design phase, the multi-object spectrograph then called VIRMOS included an additional instrument, NIMOS, operating in the near-infrared spectrum of 1100–1800 nm.[3]

Operating in the three different observation modes, direct imaging, multi-slit spectroscopy, and integral field spectroscopy, the main objective of the instrument is to study the early universe through massive redshift surveys, such as the VIMOS-VLT Deep Survey.[4]

VIMOS saw its first light on 26 February, 2002, and has since been mounted on the Nasmyth B focus of VLT's Melipal unit telescope (UT3).[5][6]


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  1. ^ "VIMOS – Visible Multi Object Spectrograph (Summary)". ESO. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "VIMOS – General Description (Overview)". ESO. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "VIMOS and NIRMOS: Status Report" (PDF). ESO. March 1998. 
  4. ^ "New Light on Dark Energy—Probing the cosmic Web of the Universe". ESO (eso0804, Science Release). 30 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "VIMOS—Visible Multi-Object Spectrograph". ESO. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "VIMOS—a Cosmology Machine for the VLT. Successful Test Observations With Powerful New Instrument at Paranal". ESO (eso0209, Science Release). 13 March 2002.