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September 2004


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First light of SINFONI at the VLT

Henri Bonnet [1], Robert Abuter [2], Andrew Baker [2], Walter Bornemann [2], Anthony Brown [8], Roberto Castillo [1], Ralf Conzelmann [1], Romuald Damster [1], Richard Davies [2], Bernard Delabre [1], Rob Donaldson [1], Christophe Dumas [1], Frank Eisenhauer [2], Eddie Elswijk [9], Enrico Fedrigo [1], Gert Finger [1], Hans Gemperlein [2], Reinhard Genzel [2, 3], Andrea Gilbert [2], Gordon Gillet [1], Armin Goldbrunner [2], Matthew Horrobin [2], Rik ter Horst [9], Stefan Huber [2], Norbert Hubin [1], Christof Iserlohe [2, 4], Andreas Kaufer [1], Markus Kissler-Patig [1], Jan Kragt [9], Gabby Kroes [9], Matthew Lehnert [2], Werner Lieb [2], Jochen Liske [1], Jean-Louis Lizon [1], Dieter Lutz [2], Andrea Modigliani [1], Guy Monnet [1], Nicole Nesvadba [2], Jona Patig [1], Johan Pragt [9], Juha Reunanen [1], Claudia Röhrle [2], Silvio Rossi [1], Riccardo Schmutzer [1], Ton Schoenmaker [9], Jürgen Schreiber [2, 5], Stefan Stroebele [1], Thomas Szeifert [1], Linda Tacconi [2], Matthias Tecza [2, 6], Niranjan Thatte [2, 6], Sebastien Tordo [1], Paul van der Werf [8], Harald Weisz [7]

[1] European Southern Observatory; [2] Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany;
[3] Department of Physics, UC Berkeley, USA; [4] Universität Köln, Germany; [5] Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany; [6] Oxford University, UK; [7] Ingenieurbüro Weisz, München, Germany; [8] Leiden Observatory, NOVA, The Netherlands; [9] Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy

Abstract: SINFONI is an Adaptive Optics assisted cryogenic Near Infrared Spectrograph developed by ESO and MPE in collaboration with NOVA. It was successfully commissioned between June and August at the Cassegrain focus of VLT UT4 (Yepun). The instrument will be offered to the community from April 2005 onwards (period 75) and will provide a unique facility in the field of high spatial and spectral resolution studies of compact objects (star-forming regions, nuclei of galaxies, cosmologically distant galaxies, galactic centre etc.).

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