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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: GSAOI or Flamingos 2.

The Instrument Scientist for GeMS is Vincent Garrel


2014 Feb 21 - March GeMS run Cancelled

The Gemini South laser suffered a fault towards the end of the last GeMS run in February. The laser power has been lost to a level that prohibits useful science. Unfortunately, despite all the efforts of the laser team, we were not able to recover the laser during the run. The problem has been identified and a plan is under development to recover, which involves replacement of key hardware parts and realignment of the system. Internal and external specialists will collaborate to complete this work and return the laser to the level required to do science. Unfortunately, due to complexity and scheduling constraints, we have determined that this work can not be completed in time for the March run. Therefore, we have no other option than to cancel the upcoming GeMS run in March. Canceling this run will give the laser team a larger window to work together and recover the system to a good state for the April GeMS run.

See the GeMS News pages for the latest news about GeMS. For more details about Gemini's AO program in general, you can also consult the adaptive optics pages.


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