Mid-InfraRed Large-well Imager (MIRLIN)

Mid-InfraRed Large-well Imager (MIRLIN) is a sensitive infrared camera, built at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, that has been used in conjunction with the Palomar 5-meter (200-inch) telescope, the NASA InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF), and the Keck II Telescope at the Keck Observatory. Among the applications to which it is well-suited is the detection and investigation of circumstellar disks of dust around Sun-like stars. The discovery of such a disk, orbiting HR 4796A, was made by MIRLIN attached to Keck II.