RIMAS (the Rapid infrared IMAger Spectrometer) will combine imaging and spectroscopic capabilities in one compact setup that will be mounted on one of the large ports of the DCT instrument cube.

RIMAS will be able to image objects in the infrared part of the spectrum, just as LMI does in the optical, though with a smaller field of view. The spectroscopic capabilities will include both a very low resolution mode as well as a higher resolution mode, complementing the capabilities of NIHTS and allowing researchers to conduct a diverse set of projects using it.

The instrument is being built by the Goddard Space Flight Center in partnership with the Astronomy Department of the University of Maryland at College Park. UMD and GSFC have joined Lowell as partners in the DCT, and RIMAS is expected to be commissioned in late 2015.

Technical details for RIMAS are available here.

An infrared image of the star forming region S106 taken with the Subaru telescope. RIMAS will explore the infrared universe with the DCT. (Subaru 8.3-m Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

An infrared image of the star forming region S106 taken with the Subaru telescope. RIMAS will explore the infrared universe with the DCT. (Subaru 8.3-m Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

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