MUSE - Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer

MUSE at UT4.
Top view of UT4 with MUSE sitting in the right at the Nasmyth platform. Photo Jean-Louis Lizon

Work based on MUSE observations should cite the paper Bacon et al., SPIE 7735, 7 (2010).

Work using the Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF) should cite the papers: Strobele et al. (2012), and Arsenault et al. (2008).


The following items are available on all the MUSE pages, using the bar on the left.

Contact Information

  • Questions related to service mode observations and proposal preparation should be addressed to the User Support Department.
  • Questions related to visitor mode observations should be addressed to Paranal Science Operations
  • Please send us your comments, suggestions and report errors and inaccurate statements in the web pages and manuals.



MUSE Consortium

Collaborating  institutes Logo Collaborating  institutes
Leibniz-­‐Institut  für  Astrophysik  Potsdam Development of the Calibration Unit, testing of the preassembled spectrograph -­‐ detector units, data reduction software.
Centre de Recherche Astrophysique  de  Lyon Overall management of the project, image slicer sub system, spectrograph opto-­‐mechanical design and integration, data analysis software.
ESO Detector systems (24 detectors and their cryogenic environment), GALACSI.
ETH – Institute of Astronomy (Zurich)
Procurement of the 24 spectrographs.
Institut für Astrophysik Göttingen Design, analysis and procurement of the instrument mechanics, the support and handling structures as well as for the optics that apply the field splitting and the relay optics.
Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (Toulouse)
Electronic and Software Control of the whole Instrument, Opto-­‐mechanical development of the Fore-­‐Optics module.
Leiden  Observatory Interface  between the MUSE spectrograph and the adaptive optics system, definition of the top-­‐level requirements for the adaptive optics system.