X-shooter – University of Copenhagen

X-shooter is the first of Very Large Telescope (VLT)'s second-generation instruments. It is a highly efficient spectrograph covering the whole spectral range from the ultraviolet to the near-infrared (0.3–2.5 µ) simultaneously.

Key scientific objectives for DARK include using GRBs to understand star-formation and star-forming galaxies especially in the early universe; the identification of Type Ia supernovae at high redshift; locating, confirming and exploring high-redshift Lyman-alpha emitting galaxies either lensed or detected in the UltraVISTA survey; the mass function and evolution of supermassive black holes in the context of their host galaxies; and the formation of dust in the distant Universe.