Call for ERIS Science Verification Proposals

Published: 19 Sep 2022

Proposals are invited for the Science Verification of the Enhanced Resolution Imager and Spectrograph (ERIS), a new VLT near-infrared instrument at the Cassegrain focus of UT4. ERIS has two science arms, SPIFFIER and NIX. SPIFFIER (IFS) is a medium-resolution integral field spectrograph covering J to K band. NIX is capable of imaging between J and M band and pupil-plane coronography. ERIS is designed to be used in conjunction with UT4's deformable secondary mirror. The atmospheric turbulence can be sensed with either a natural guide star, or a single artificial star generated with the Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF).

Proposals will be reviewed by an internal panel and allocated time on the basis of scientific merit and feasibility, as well as demonstrated ability of the Principal Investigators to deliver results on a timely basis.

The observations will be conducted during four nights in December 2022 in Service Mode by a dedicated team of ESO astronomers. The ERIS SV team will be able to assist the successful PIs in the preparation and optimization of the OBs on a best effort basis.

Proposers are reminded that all SV data are made public worldwide immediately after passing the usual quality control checks.

Please use the ESO Phase 1 system for submissions of ERIS Science Verification proposals. "ERIS SV" should be used for the proposal cycle. A detailed description is available on the P1 Help Page.

Applications should be submitted not later than 14 October 2022, 12:00 CEST. More information is available at the ERIS Science Verification Web page.