SINFONISpectrograph for Integral Field Observation in the Near Infrared
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To get insight into the various processes of galaxy mass assembly, the Mass Assembly Survey with SINFONI in VVDS (MASSIV) aims at probing the kinematical and chemical properties of a significant and representative sample of high-red-shift (0.
Distant galaxies like the ones in the survey are just tiny faint blobs in the sky, but the high image quality from the VLT used with the SINFONI instrument means that the astronomers can make maps of how different parts of the galaxies are moving and what they are made of.
This study has only been possible because of the outstanding performance of the SINFONI instrument on the VLT.