In Greek mythology, Metis was the spouse of Zeus and mother of Athena, goddess of wisdom.
METIS is also the proposed mid-infrared imager and spectrograph for the European ELT, Europe's next-generation ground-based telescope for optical and infrared (IR) wavelengths. Covering the L, M and N bands, METIS will offer imaging and medium-resolution spectroscopy over the full wavelength range (3-14 microns), and high-resolution integral field spectroscopy in L and M bands (3-5.3 microns).
METIS is one of five 1st-generation instruments for the European
Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), and the only instrument to cover
wavelengths beyond 3 microns. The phase-A conceptual study, which ran
from May 2008 to December 2009 and led to the unique instrument
concept, has been followed by a series of technology development
projects. The formal kick-off of METIS is expected for 2015.
These pages contain information on the project and the consortium, the exciting new science METIS will enable and the design concept for the instrument. For more info, contact our PI Dr. Bernhard Brandl.