SHARK-NIR, the coronagraphic camera for LBT, moving toward construction

Jacopo Farinato, Francesca Bacciotti, Carlo Baffa, Andrea Baruffolo, Maria Bergomi, Andrea Bianco, Angela Bongiorno, Luca Carbonaro, Elena Carolo, Alexis Carlotti, Simonetta Chinellato, Laird Close, Marco De Pascale, Marco Dima, Valentina D'Orazi, Simone Esposito, Daniela Fantinel, Giancarlo Farisato, Wolgang Gaessler, Emanuele GiallongoDavide Greggio, Olivier Guyon, Philip Hinz, Luigi Lessio, Franco Lisi, Demetrio Magrin, Luca Marafatto, Dino Mesa, Lars Mohr, Manny Montoya, Fernando Pedichini, Enrico Pinna, Alfio Puglisi, Roberto Ragazzoni, Bernardo Salasnich, Marco Stangalini, Daniele Vassallo, Christophe Verinaud, Valentina Viotto, Alessio Zanutta

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SHARK-NIR is one of the two coronagraphic instruments proposed for the Large Binocular Telescope. Together with SHARK-VIS (performing coronagraphic imaging in the visible domain), it will offer the possibility to do binocular observations combining direct imaging, coronagraphic imaging and coronagraphic low resolution spectroscopy in a wide wavelength domain, going from 0.5μm to 1.7μm. Additionally, the contemporary usage of LMIRCam, the coronagraphic LBTI NIR camera, working from K to L band, will extend even more the covered wavelength range. In January 2017 SHARK-NIR underwent a successful final design review, which endorsed the instrument for construction and future implementation at LBT. We report here the final design of the instrument, which foresees two intermediate pupil planes and three focal planes to accomodate a certain number of coronagraphic techniques, selected to maximize the instrument contrast at various distances from the star. Exo-Planets search and characterization has been the science case driving the instrument design, but the SOUL upgrade of the LBT AO will increase the instrument performance in the faint end regime, allowing to do galactic (jets and disks) and extra-galactic (AGN and QSO) science on a relatively wide sample of targets, normally not reachable in other similar facilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2017
Event5th Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2017 - Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 30 2017


Other5th Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2017
CityTenerife, Canary Islands


  • Adaptive secondary
  • Coronagraphy
  • Extreme adaptive optics
  • Large binocular telescope
  • Planet finding
  • Pyramid sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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