VLT's adaptive optics give Muse new momentum

Done! Researchers at the CRAL1Centre de Recherche Astrophusique de Lyon (CNRS/ENS-Lyon/Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1) have hooked up the MUSE instrument to the brand new adaptive optics system of the fourth VLT2Very Large Telescope array in Chile. “It’s a new lease of life for MUSE, whose resolution has doubled,” enthuses Roland Bacon from the CRAL, the father of this latest-generation integral-field spectrograph capable of simultaneously capturing the light spectrum of many different objects. This should enable researchers to find out more than ever about the mechanisms behind the formation of galaxies and the movement of matter as well as the chemical properties of near galaxies.