Michelle is a mid-infrared spectrometer and imager for use on both the UKIRT (link opens in a new window) and Gemini (link opens in a new window) North telescopes at the thermal infrared wavelengths between 8 and 25 microns. Michelle was commissioned on UKIRT in summer 2001, and was moved to Gemini North for use in early 2003.
Michelle provides new capabilities in the relatively unexplored mid-infrared spectral region. Typical research fields will include the physics and chemistry of interstellar dust, the effects of interstellar shocks and polarimetry of the interstellar medium. Michelle results will have a major influence on our understanding of star and planet formation, including the evolution of proto-planetary disks, the formation of brown dwarf stars and in untangling the nature of starburst galaxies and active galactic nuclei.
For more technical information about Michelle please visit the results page, user guide or technical manual (link opens in a new window).
Information about Michelle can also be found on both the UKIRT (link opens in a new window) and Gemini (link opens in a new window) web pages.