ELT-ANDES (formerly HIRES)
The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) is a next-generation optical telescope under construction for the European Southern Observatory (ESO). It will have a 39-meter-diameter primary mirror composed of 798 hexagonal mirror elements.
HIRES is the high-resolution spectrograph for the ELT. Some of the most prominent scientific goals include:
- characterizing the atmospheres of Earth-like planets in other solar systems, with the ultimate goal of discovering signs of life; discovering the first generation of stars by their chemical fingerprint in the prehistoric universe
- the discovery of the variation of some fundamental constants of physics, such as the electron-proton mass ratio, or the demonstration of the most stringent constraints on these quantities.
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte - UFRN
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - PUC
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille - LAM
Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica - INAF
Nicolaus Copernicus University
Universidad La Laguna
Involved AIP sections and groups:High-resolution Spectroscopy and Polarimetry, Stellar Physics and Exoplanets, Technical Section, Project Management