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New developments in instrumentation at the W. M. Keck Observatory

Adkins, Sean M. and Armandroff, Taft E. and Fitzgerald, Michael P. and Johnson, James and Larkin, James E. and Lewis, Hilton A. and Martin, Christopher and Matthews, Keith Y. and Prochaska, J. X. and Wizinowich, Peter (2014) New developments in instrumentation at the W. M. Keck Observatory. In: Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9147. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 914703. ISBN 978-0-8194-9615-7. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20150622-102832845

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The W. M. Keck Observatory continues to develop new capabilities in support of our science driven strategic plan which emphasizes leadership in key areas of observational astronomy. This leadership is a key component of the scientific productivity of our observing community and depends on our ability to develop new instrumentation, upgrades to existing instrumentation, and upgrades to supporting infrastructure at the observatory. In this paper we describe the as measured performance of projects completed in 2014 and the expected performance of projects currently in the development or construction phases. Projects reaching completion in 2014 include a near-IR tip/tilt sensor for the Keck I adaptive optics system, a new center launch system for the Keck II laser guide star facility, and NIRES, a near-IR Echelle spectrograph for the Keck II telescope. Projects in development include a new seeing limited integral field spectrograph for the visible wavelength range called the Keck Cosmic Web Imager, a deployable tertiary mirror for the Keck I telescope, upgrades to the spectrograph detector and the imager of the OSIRIS instrument, and an upgrade to the telescope control systems on both Keck telescopes.


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Fitzgerald, Michael P.0000-0002-0176-8973
Prochaska, J. X.0000-0002-7738-6875
Additional Information:© 2014 SPIE. The W. M. Keck Observatory is operated as a scientific partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Observatory was made possible by the generous financial support of the W. M. Keck Foundation. Observatory operations are supported in part by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under Grant and Cooperative agreement No. NNX13AH26A. The development of the near-IR tip-tilt sensor is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1007058. The development of the Keck II next generation laser is made possible through the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the W. M. Keck Foundation, the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, Friends of Keck Observatory, and the Thirty Meter Telescope Project. The development of the Keck II center launch facility is made possible in part by the support of the National Science foundation under Grant No. AST- 0923593 and the Friends of Keck Observatory. The development of KCWI is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Scientific Program Order No. 5 as issued for support of the Telescope Systems Instrumentation Program (TSIP), in accordance with Proposal No. AST-0335461 submitted by AURA and the Friends of Keck Observatory. The development of the K1DM3 is supported in part by National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1337609. The development of the OSIRIS spectrograph upgrade is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1311102. The development of the OSIRIS imager upgrade is supported by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The OSIRIS grating upgrade project was funded in part by the Dunlap Institute, University of Toronto. Our current work on PSF determination is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1207631.
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Funding AgencyGrant Number
W. M. Keck FoundationUNSPECIFIED
NASANNX13AH26A
NSFAST-1007058
Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Bob and Renee Parsons FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Friends of Keck ObservatoryUNSPECIFIED
Thirty Meter Telescope ProjectUNSPECIFIED
NSFAST-0923593
NSFAST-0335461
NSFAST-1337609
NSFAST-1311102
University of Toronto, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & AstrophysicsUNSPECIFIED
NSFAST-1207631
Subject Keywords:Adaptive Optics, Infrared, Instrumentation, Integral Field, Laser Guide Star, Spectrograph, Targets of Opportunity, Telescope Control
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:9147
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20150622-102832845
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Official Citation:Sean M. Adkins ; Taft E. Armandroff ; Michael P. Fitzgerald ; James Johnson ; James E. Larkin ; Hilton A. Lewis ; Christopher Martin ; Keith Y. Matthews ; J. X. Prochaska ; Peter Wizinowich; New developments in instrumentation at the W. M. Keck Observatory . Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 914703 (July 10, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2056971
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