SHARK-NIR, toward the installation at the Large Binocular Telescope

Luca Marafatto, Maria Bergomi, Federico Biondi, Elena Carolo, Marco De Pascale, Davide Greggio, Luigi Lessio, Dino Mesa, Kalyan Kumar Radhakrishnan Santhakumari, Gabriele Umbriaco, Daniele Vassallo, Valentina Viotto, Andrea Bianco, Marco Dima, Valentina D'Orazi, Paul Grenz, Jarron M. Leisenring, Lars Mohr, Manny Montoya, Alessio ZanuttaSimone Antoniucci, Carmelo Arcidiacono, Francesca Bacciotti, Carlo Baffa, Andrea Baruffolo, Angela Bongiorno, Alexis Carlotti, Simonetta Chinellato, Laird Close, Simone Di Filippo, Simone Esposito, Giancarlo Farisato, Olivier Guyon, Philip Hinz, Demetrio Magrin, Fernando Pedichini, Enrico Pinna, Elisa Portaluri, Alfio Puglisi, Roberto Ragazzoni, Fabio Rossi, Jacopo Farinato

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SHARK-NIR in an instrument that will provide direct imaging, coronagraphic imaging, dual band imaging and low resolution spectroscopy in Y, J and H bands, and it will be soon installed at the Large Binocular Telescope. Used in combination with SHARK-VIS (operating in V band) and LMIRCam of LBTI (operating from K to M bands), SHARKNIR will exploit coronagraphic simultaneous observations in three different wavelengths. Exoplanets search and characterization, young stellar systems, jets and disks are the main science cases, but the extreme performance of the LBT AO systems, above all in the faint end regime, will allow to open to science difficult to be achieved from other similar instruments, such as AGN and QSO morphological studies. A variety of coronagraphic techniques have been implemented, as the Gaussian Lyot, Shaped Pupil and Four Quadrant masks, with the aim to possibly have a suitable coronagraphic masks for each science case, since the coronagraphic requirement in term of contrast and inner and outer working angle are depending on the target and on the science to be achieved. We report here about the SHARK-NIR status, that should be installed at LBT in mid-2021

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdaptive Optics Systems VII
EditorsLaura Schreiber, Dirk Schmidt, Elise Vernet
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636835
StatePublished - 2020
EventAdaptive Optics Systems VII 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Dec 14 2020Dec 22 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceAdaptive Optics Systems VII 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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