Mimir is the
name (not acronym) for a facility-class infrared instrument
built at our IAR lab and at Lowell Observatory. Mimir saw first
light on the 1.8 meter Perkins telescope outside Flagstaff, Arizona
on August 19, 2004. Boston University and Lowell Observatory share
equal use of this telescope and its instruments.
Mimir is a multi-function
instrument that covers a broad wavelength range and allows users
to perform complex observations with a single instrument. The three
main functions Mimir performs are imaging (much as a camera takes
pictures), spectroscopy (decomposing infrared star light into its
constituent colors), and polarimetry. (click here for the article describing Mimir in the December 2007 issue of PASP).
wavelength coverage is from 1 to 5 micro-meters, or from about twice
the wavelength of green light to about ten times that wavelength.
This near-infrared light passes through the earths atmosphere
only in a few bands of wavelengths (click here
to see a plot). These bands are identified by letters, running from
the shortest wavelength band, called J, through H, K, L, and M.
Mimir is open
for regular scheduling and use by certified users. Mimir's schedule
usage on the Perkins telescope for the current quarter may be found
on the status page.
Eye Candy - Example Images and Spectra
- (click links to see details)
Planned Downtime - Mimir will be warmed, starting 7 Aug 2014, for servicing in late August. It is expected to be back cold and ready for operations by 1 October 2014 [update 09/22/14 - cool-down almost complete. Detector cold, optics in a few days. Mechanisms tests next.]
- Camera motion is working well.
- K-HWP has been repaired and now works well
- Decker has been repaired and is working normally.
- IZYJ (0.82-1.36um) spec filter, though not much light shortward of 1.0um (see A0V Star raw spectrum)
- 2nd order (0.8-1.274um) has much higher grism efficiency than 1st order (~6x more), and higher than in JHK-spec mode for the short half of J-band. Useable down to about 0.95um. Looks wonderful at He 1.083um.
- IZYJ-X-Spec mode, using SED grism as cross-disperser
- Modified two slits to provide short (20 arcsec or 30 arcsec) heights for support of X-D spec mode (2011/07). See updated slit table.
- K-band Imaging Polarimetry (K-Pol)
IDL GUI-based reduction tools available :
- MSP-BDP - Basic Data Processing
- MSP-WCT - Spec. Wavelength
- MSP-CCS - Clean and Coadd Spectra
- MSP-SXC - Spec. spectrum extractor
- MSP-ZHT - Zero Hop Tester (for polarimetry)
- MSP-PPOL - Polarimetry Analysis - updated to support K-Pol mode
Proposals to use Mimir and the Perkins:
- Next BU deadline is 1 Nov, for observing during 2015-Q1 (Jan, Feb, Mar) - contact DC well in advance of that date.
Note: Mimir is generally unavailable for some of July and August for annual servicing.