Scientific prospects with MUSE at VLT


R. Bacon and the MUSE consortium


MUSE is a second generation giant integral field spectrometer in development for the VLT. It is designed to work with a ground layer adaptive optics system including 4 sodium laser guide stars. MUSE design has been optimized for the study of galaxy formation and evolution but it has a wide range of possible applications; e.g. monitoring of outer planets atmosphere, young stellar objects environment, supermassive black holes and active nuclei in nearby galaxies or massive spectroscopic survey of stellar fields.