In addition to serving the community of today's users, CFHT is constantly involved in developing new projects and getting prepared to welcome the instrumentation for tomorrow's astronomy.
SITELLE is an imaging Fourier Transform Spectrograph which design is based on an instrument,
SpIOMM, currently in operation
at the Mt Mégantic Observatory.
SITELLE will provide a 15' field of view with a 0.8"/pixel spatial sampling and a spectral resolution of up to 5000. It is led by the Université Laval (PI: Laurent Drissen) and will be shipped to CFHT in 2014.
SPIRou is a cross-dispersed echelle spectrograph and polarimeter covering the near-infrared domain
up to the K band with a resolution over 70,000. It is designed to provide radial velocity determinations
with a 1m/s accuracy.
SPIRou just passed its final design review in April 2014 and starts construction, as a Guest Instrument at CFHT. The international SPIRou consortium is led by LATT/IRAP in Toulouse, France (PI: J.-F. Donati).
GRACES is a project to feed the ESPaDOnS spectrograph with the neighbor Gemini telescope via a 270-m fiber link. It is an experimental development, done in collaboration between Gemini, CFHT and NRC-Herzbeg in Victoria, Canada. It is at the bench validation stage (March 2014).
OPERA is the Open-source Pipeline for ESPaDOnS Reduction and Analysis. The project page is here and the software can be downloaded from Sourceforge here. It is in a stage of optimization and validation (February 2015).
The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer is a proposed upgrade of CFHT into a 10m-class dedicated spectroscopic facility. Full details can be found at http://mse.cfht.hawaii.edu