Large Binocular Telescope (LBT)
Thanks to a generous donation from Stanley Hubbard of Hubbard Broadcasting Corporation and continued support for the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics is a member of the LBT consortium. As part of our arrangement with the LBT Observatory and the University of Arizona/Steward Observatory, we also have access to the Steward telescopes including the MMT Observatory, Bok 90-inch on Kitt Peak, and the Magellan Telescopes.
The current suite of instruments includes MODS, Lucifer (Lucy), the LBC, LBTI, LMIRCam and NOMIC. The laser guide star system (ARGOS) and PEPSI, a high-resolution spectrograph, are currently being commissioned.
Research under LBT
Our research has benefited greatly from access to these telescopes and their instruments, in all areas of astrophysics, ranging from exoplanet systems, to massive stars and SN impostors, to AGNs.
Here we list a few examples with links to recent papers and news. For additional information about our research, see the web pages for individual faculty.
Post-RSG evolution in M31 and M33 by grad student Michael Gordon, published July 2016 in ApJ.
Spectroscopy of multiple outflows around a SN impostor in NGC 2748 by Prof Roberta Humphreys, published August 2016 in ApJ.
High-resolution imaging and polarimetry of hypergiants hypergiants IRC+10420 and VY Canis Majoris by Dinesh Shenoy, published July 2015 in AJ.
Mid- to far-infrared imaging of mass loss in hypergiants by Dinesh Shenoy, published March 2016 in AJ.
Mount Lemmon Observing Facility
The Mount Lemmon Observing Facility (MLOF) is a facility near Tucson, AZ, owned and operated by the University of Minnesota. MLOF is home to a 60", f/15, infrared optimized Cassagrain (Dahl-Kirkham) telescope, which was opened in December 1970.
William O'Brien Observatory
The William O'Brien Observatory (OBO) is a facility in Marine-on-St. Croix, MN, owned and operated by the University of Minnesota. OBO a 30", f/10, Cassagrain telescope, opened in the spring of 1968.