The ESO VLT instrumentation: Technical overview

The present talk emphasizes the most relevant challenges which have been overcome from engineering point of view in order to build the first generation of VLT instruments. Indeed, VLT instrumentation has meant an enormous leap into technical complexity with respect to existing instrumentation for 4m-class telescopes. How ESO has managed the design, procurement and installation of the VLT instrument suite is here presented, as well as the special developments which have been necessary in order to reach the high quality and reliability required for the VLT. Finally, this has involved the collaboration with a large amount of European national institutions and the share of the ESO experience and expertise with them.


01/02/2011 - 13:00
Jean-Louis Lizon
ESO, Garching, Germany