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

Adkins, Sean M. and McLean, Ian S. and Fitzgerald, Michael P. and Larkin, James E. and Lewis, Hilton A. and Martin, Christopher and Mawet, Dimitri and Prochaska, J. X. and Wizinowich, Peter (2016) New developments in instrumentation at the W. M. Keck Observatory. In: Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9908. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 990805. ISBN 978-1-5106-0196-3. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20170217-125257372

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Abstract

The W. M. Keck Observatory is committed to maintaining the scientific leadership of our observing community by matching our observers' skills and passions in their fields of astronomical science with a continuing dedication by the Observatory and its collaborators to the development of state of the art instrumentation and systems. Our science driven strategic plan guides these developments and informs our plans for the future. In this paper we describe the performance of recently completed new instruments, instrument upgrades, and infrastructure upgrade projects. We also describe the expected performance of projects currently in the development or construction phases. Projects recently completed include a new laser for the Keck II AO system, the upgrade of the spectrograph detector in the OSIRIS instrument, and the upgrade to the telescope control system on the Keck II telescope. Projects in development include an upgrade to the telescope control system on the Keck I telescope, the blue channel of the Keck Cosmic Web Imager, the red channel of the Keck Cosmic Web Imager, the Keck Planet Finder, a deployable tertiary mirror for the Keck I telescope, an upgrade to the imager of OSIRIS, a major upgrade to the NIRSPEC instrument, and a fiber feed from the Keck II AO system to NIRSPEC.


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Fitzgerald, Michael P.0000-0002-0176-8973
Mawet, Dimitri0000-0002-8895-4735
Prochaska, J. X.0000-0002-7738-6875
Additional Information:© 2016 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. 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 blue channel of KCWI is supported in part by a grant from 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. Support for KCWI has also come from the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Mount Cuba Foundation. Observatory operations are supported in part by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under Grant and Cooperative Agreement No. NNX13AH26A. The OSIRIS spectrograph upgrade is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1311102, K1DM3 is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1337609, the red channel of KCWI is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1429890. The NIRSPEC upgrade is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1532315, and by the Heising-Simons Foundation. The OSIRIS grating upgrade project was funded in part by the Dunlap Institute, University of Toronto. The OSIRIS imager upgrade project is supported by funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Development of KPF is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation.
Group:Thirty Meter Telescope
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Funding AgencyGrant Number
W. M. Keck FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Bob and Renee Parsons FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Friends of Keck ObservatoryUNSPECIFIED
Thirty Meter Telescope ProjectUNSPECIFIED
NSFAST-0335461
Heising-Simons FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Mt. Cuba FoundationUNSPECIFIED
NASANNX13AH26A
NSFAST-1311102
NSFAST-1337609
NSFAST-1429890
NSFAST-1532315
University of TorontoUNSPECIFIED
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:9908
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20170217-125257372
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Official Citation:Sean M. Adkins ; Ian S. McLean ; Michael P. Fitzgerald ; James E. Larkin ; Hilton A. Lewis ; Christopher Martin ; Dimitri Mawet ; J. X. Prochaska ; Peter Wizinowich; New developments in instrumentation at the W. M. Keck Observatory. Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 990805 (August 3, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2233759
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