Key Capabilities

SURVEY SPEED AND SENSITIVITY: MSE will have the largest primary mirror of telescopes in its class (11.25m) and a very wide field ofview (1.5 square degree). These characteristics are essential to enable surveys of the faintest science targets spread over very large areas of the sky.

SPECTRAL PERFORMANCE AND MULTIPLEXING: MSE will be sensitive from ultra-violet, through optical, to near-infrared wavelengths, and it will obtain spectra for over 4,000 objects in a single exposure. Of these, approximately 1,000 objects are observed at very high wavelength resolution, suitable for probing the composition of stars in our Galaxy, while approximately 3,000 objects are observed at lower wavelength resolution, suitable for probing the composition and velocities of the faintest sources such as distant galaxies.

DEDICATED AND SPECIALIZED OPERATIONS: MSE is designed to do just one thing – obtain spectra – but to do it exceedingly well, and with very high efficiency. This degree of specialization ensures a level of stability and repeatability that will allow MSE to maximize its scientific output and offers the potential for a vast range of newdiscoveries.