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NIFS is Gemini-North's Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer built by the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

NIFS provides 3D imaging spectroscopy with spectral resolving power (lambda/delta lambda) of R~5000 over a 3.0" x 3.0" image field in the Z through K-band spectral regions (0.95 to 2.40 μm). NIFS is designed to be fed by the Gemini North Adaptive Optics system, ALTAIR, hence it is possible to achieve spatially resolved spectroscopy on scales as small as 0.1" using Natural or Laser guide stars. Coronographic spectroscopy can also be performed through use of an occulting mask.

The Instrument Scientist for NIFS is Marie Lemoine-Busserolle.


See the Status and Availability page for more news

NIFS Science Highlights

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How to Use These Pages

The Gemini instrument pages first give the status of the instrument and its availability in the next semester. The information is then organized initially by instrument mode, followed by technical information necessary for writing a proposal and detailed observation planning, and then content relevant to reducing and interpreting data.

Please see also the Near-IR Resources section, which contains generic information about observing in the near-IR with Gemini, as well as details about calibrations, standard stars etc..

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NIFS on Gemini North instrument support structure. Click for larger image.