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MKID Exoplanet Camera for Subaru SCExAO

Walter, Alexander B. and Fruitwala, Neelay and Steiger, Sarah and Bailey, John I., III and Zobrist, Nicholas and Swimmer, Noah and Lipartito, Isabel and Smith, Jennifer Pearl and Meeker, Seth R. and Bockstiegel, Clint and Coiffard, Grégoire and Dodkins, Rupert and Szypryt, Paul and Davis, Kristina K. and Daal, Miguel and Bumble, Bruce and Collura, Giulia and Guyon, Olivier and Lozi, Julien and Vievard, Sébastien and Jovanovic, Nemanja and Martinache, Frantz and Currie, Thayne and Mazin, Benjamin A. (2020) MKID Exoplanet Camera for Subaru SCExAO. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 132 (1018). Art. No. 125005. ISSN 1538-3873.

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We present the MKID Exoplanet Camera (MEC), a z through J band (800–1400 nm) integral field spectrograph located behind The Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme Adaptive Optics (SCExAO) at the Subaru Telescope on Maunakea that utilizes Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) as the enabling technology for high contrast imaging. MEC is the first permanently deployed near-infrared MKID instrument and is designed to operate both as an IFU, and as a focal plane wavefront sensor in a multi-kHz feedback loop with SCExAO. The read noise free, fast time domain information attainable by MKIDs allows for the direct probing of fast speckle fluctuations that currently limit the performance of most high contrast imaging systems on the ground and will help MEC achieve its ultimate goal of reaching contrasts of 10⁻⁷ at 2 λ/D. Here we outline the instrument details of MEC including the hardware, firmware, and data reduction and analysis pipeline. We then discuss MEC's current on-sky performance and end with future upgrades and plans.

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Steiger, Sarah0000-0002-4787-3285
Bailey, John I., III0000-0002-4272-263X
Swimmer, Noah0000-0001-5721-8973
Lipartito, Isabel0000-0003-4792-6479
Smith, Jennifer Pearl0000-0002-0849-5867
Dodkins, Rupert0000-0002-3973-7646
Davis, Kristina K.0000-0001-5587-845X
Daal, Miguel0000-0002-1134-2116
Guyon, Olivier0000-0002-1097-9908
Lozi, Julien0000-0002-3047-1845
Jovanovic, Nemanja0000-0001-5213-6207
Martinache, Frantz0000-0003-1180-4138
Currie, Thayne0000-0002-7405-3119
Mazin, Benjamin A.0000-0003-0526-1114
Additional Information:© 2020 The Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Received 2020 September 16; accepted 2020 October 29; published 2020 November 17. Sarah Steiger and Neelay Fruitwala are supported by a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation. Kristina K. Davis is supported by the NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship program under award number 1801983. Jennifer P. Smith and Nicholas Zobrist are both supported by a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. Isabel Lipartito is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under grant number 1650114. Frantz Martinache is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement CoG—683029). The development of SCExAO was supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Grant-in-Aid for Research #23340051, #26220704, #23103002, #19H00703 & #19H00695), the Astrobiology Center of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan, the Mt. Cuba Foundation and the director's contingency fund at Subaru Telescope. The authors wish to recognize and acknowledge the very significant cultural role and reverence that the summit of Maunakea has always had within the indigenous Hawaiian community, and are most fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct observations from this mountain.
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Heising-Simons FoundationUNSPECIFIED
NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics FellowshipAST-1801983
NASA Space Technology Research FellowshipUNSPECIFIED
NSF Graduate Research FellowshipDGE-1650114
European Research Council (ERC)683029
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)23340051
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)26220704
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)23103002
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)19H00703
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)19H00695
National Institutes of Natural Sciences of JapanUNSPECIFIED
Mt. Cuba Astronomical FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Subaru TelescopeUNSPECIFIED
Issue or Number:1018
Classification Code:Unified Astronomy Thesaurus concepts: Direct imaging (387); Astronomical instrumentation (799); Astronomical detectors (84)
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20201120-104143963
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Official Citation:Alexander B. Walter et al 2020 PASP 132 125005
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:106757
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:20 Nov 2020 19:33
Last Modified:20 Nov 2020 19:33

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