Title: MAIA, a three-channel imager for asteroseismology: instrument design
Authors: Raskin, Gert ×
Bloemen, Steven
Morren, Johan #
Perez Padilla, Jesus
Prins, Saskia
Pessemier, Wim
Vandersteen, Jeroen
Merges, Florian
Ostensen, Roy
Van Winckel, Hans
Aerts, Conny #
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Series Title: Astronomy & Astrophysics vol:559 issue:11 pages:A26-10
Abstract: MAIA, an acronym for Mercator Advanced Imager for Asteroseismology, is a three-channel instrument that targets fast-cadence three-colour photometry, installed at the 1.2-m Mercator telescope at the Roque de los Muchachos at La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain). This instrument observes a 9.4 × 14.1 arcmin2 field-of-view simultaneously in three wavelength bands on three large frame-transfer CCDs. These detectors were developed for ESA's cancelled Eddington space mission and were offered on permanent loan to the Institute of Astronomy (KU Leuven, Belgium). MAIA uses its own ugr photometric system that is a crude approximation of the SDSS system. The instrument is designed to perform multi-colour observations for asteroseismology, with specific emphasis on subdwarf and white dwarf single and binary stars. We describe the design of the instrument, discuss key components, and report on its performance and first results.
ISSN: 0004-6361
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physics and Astronomy - miscellaneous
Institute of Astronomy
× corresponding author
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