The Near-Infrared High Throughput Spectrograph (NIHTS) will perform deep studies of the Kuiper Belt.
This low-resolution spectrograph is funded by NASA’s Planetary Astronomy and Planetary Major Equipment programs. Lowell astronomer Henry Roe is the Principal Investigator for the NIHTS, one of the “first-light” instruments in 2015.
NIHTS will be mounted on a small port of the RC instrument cube. This will allow fast switching between the NIHTS and other RC instruments that use one of the instrument cube’s deployable internal mirrors. It will also be possible to use a mirror that reflects infrared light to NIHTS but that also allows visible light to pass through to the LMI at the bottom of the cube. cAs a result, near-infrared spectroscopy and visible imaging can be performed simultaneously.