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Robo-AO Kitt Peak: Status of the system and deployment of a sub-electron readnoise IR camera to detect low-mass companions

Salama, Maïssa and Baranec, Christoph and Jensen-Clem, Rebecca and Riddle, Reed and Duev, Dmitry and Kulkarni, Shrinivas and Law, Nicholas M. (2016) Robo-AO Kitt Peak: Status of the system and deployment of a sub-electron readnoise IR camera to detect low-mass companions. In: Adaptive Optics Systems V. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9909. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 99091A. ISBN 978-1-5106-0198-7.

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We have started an initial three-year deployment of Robo-AO at the 2.1-m telescope at Kitt Peak, Arizona as of November 2015. We report here on the project status and two new developments with the Robo-AO KP system: the commissioning of a sub-electron readnoise SAPHIRA near-infrared camera, which will allow us to widen the scope of possible targets to low-mass stellar and substellar objects; and, performance analysis and tuning of the adaptive optics system, which will improve the sensitivity to these objects. Commissioning of the near-infrared camera and optimizing the AO performance occur in parallel with ongoing visible-light science programs.

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Salama, Maïssa0000-0002-5082-6332
Baranec, Christoph0000-0002-1917-9157
Jensen-Clem, Rebecca0000-0003-0054-2953
Riddle, Reed0000-0002-0387-370X
Duev, Dmitry0000-0001-5060-8733
Kulkarni, Shrinivas0000-0001-5390-8563
Law, Nicholas M.0000-0001-9380-6457
Additional Information:© 2016 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Robo-AO KP is a partnership between the California Institute of Technology, University of Hawaii Manoa, University of North Carolona, Chapel Hill, the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the National Central University, Taiwan. Robo-AO KP was supported by a grant from Sudha Murty, Narayan Murthy, and Rohan Murty. The Robo-AO instrument was developed with support from the National Science Foundation under grants AST-0906060, AST-0960343, and AST-1207891, the Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation, and by a gift from Samuel Oschin. C.B. acknowledges support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and R.J.C. from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under grant No. DGE-1144469.
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Mt. Cuba Astronomical FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Alfred P. Sloan FoundationUNSPECIFIED
NSF Graduate Research FellowshipDGE-1144469
Subject Keywords:Adaptive Optics, Optimizations, IR camera, SAPHIRA
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:9909
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Official Citation:Maïssa Salama ; Christoph Baranec ; Rebecca Jensen-Clem ; Reed Riddle ; Dmitry Duev ; Shrinivas Kulkarni ; Nicholas M. Law; Robo-AO Kitt Peak: status of the system and deployment of a sub-electron readnoise IR camera to detect low-mass companions. Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99091A (July 26, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2233741.
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