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GeMs is the Gemini Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics System. This facility instrument delivers a uniform, diffraction limited image quality at near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths over an extended FoV of more than 1 arcmin across. This corrected beam then feeds the new generation of science instruments: Flamingos 2 or GSAOI.
The Instrument Scientist for GeMS is Benoit Neichel
GeMS will be in commissioning during most of 2012. The commissioning schedule and latest news are frequently updated in the following page.
How to Use These Pages
- MCAO in a nutshell: Basic introduction to Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics
- Introduction to GeMs: A description of all GeMS subsystems and how they work together
- Performance: Estimated, and measured performance for different modes. Limiting magnitudes.
- Status and Availability: Modes available in the current and upcoming semesters
- How to find the best NGS Asterism
- Restrictions due to the LGS
- Acquisition and Overheads: Details of observing overheads
- Observation Preparation: Tips and tricks on how to efficiently prepare your observation
- Other Useful Documents and videos
- Photo Gallery
More web pages for GeMS will be created as commissioning progresses.
For more details about Gemini's AO program in general, you can also consult the adaptive optics pages.