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Keck Planet Imager and Characterizer: concept and phased implementation

Mawet, D. and Wizinowich, P. and Dekany, R. and Chun, M. and Hall, D. and Cetre, S. and Guyon, O. and Wallace, J. K. and Bowler, B. and Liu, M. and Ruane, G. and Serabyn, E. and Bartos, R. and Wang, J. and Vasisht, G. and Fitzgerald, M. and Skemer, A. and Ireland, M. and Fucik, J. and Fortney, J. and Crossfield, I. and Hu, R. and Benneke, B. (2016) Keck Planet Imager and Characterizer: concept and phased implementation. In: Adaptive Optics Systems V. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9909. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 99090D. ISBN 9781510601970.

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The Keck Planet Imager and Characterizer (KPIC) is a cost-effective upgrade path to the W.M. Keck observatory (WMKO) adaptive optics (AO) system, building on the lessons learned from first and second-generation extreme AO (ExAO) coronagraphs. KPIC will explore new scientific niches in exoplanet science, while maturing critical technologies and systems for future ground-based (TMT, EELT, GMT) and space-based planet imagers (HabEx, LUVOIR). The advent of fast low-noise IR cameras (IR-APD, MKIDS, electron injectors), the rapid maturing of efficient wavefront sensing (WFS) techniques (Pyramid, Zernike), small inner working angle (IWA) coronagraphs (e.g., vortex) and associated low-order wavefront sensors (LOWFS), as well as recent breakthroughs in high contrast high resolution spectroscopy, open new direct exoplanet exploration avenues that are complementary to planet imagers such as VLT-SPHERE and the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI). For instance, the search and detailed characterization of planetary systems on solar-system scales around late-type stars, mostly beyond SPHERE and GPI's reaches, can be initiated now at WMKO.

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Additional Information:© 2016 SPIE. This work was partially carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Subject Keywords:Exoplanets, high contrast imaging, high contrast high resolution spectroscopy, small inner working angle coronagraphy, vortex coronagraph, on-axis segmented telescopes, apodization, Extremely Large Telescopes
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:9909
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Official Citation:D. Mawet, P. Wizinowich, R. Dekany, M. Chun, D. Hall, S. Cetre, O. Guyon, J. K. Wallace, B. Bowler, M. Liu, G. Ruane, E. Serabyn, R. Bartos, J. Wang, G. Vasisht, M. Fitzgerald, A. Skemer, M. Ireland, J. Fucik, J. Fortney, I. Crossfield, R. Hu, B. Benneke, "Keck Planet Imager and Characterizer: concept and phased implementation," Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99090D (26 July 2016)
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