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UKIRT under new management: status and plans

Hodapp, K. W. and Kerr, T. and Varricatt, W. and McLaren, R. and Lonborg, D. and Hall, D. N. B. and Jacobson, S. and Bruursema, J. and Dahm, S. and Dorland, B. N. and Munn, J. A. and Vrba, F. J. and Dempsey, J. and Shvartzvald, Y. and Bryden, G. and Gaudi, B. S. and Beichman, C. and Calchi Novati, S. and Henderson, C. B. and Jacklin, S. and Stassun, K. and Penny, M. T. and Irwin, Mike and Lawrence, Andy (2018) UKIRT under new management: status and plans. In: Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII. Proceedings of SPIE. No.10700. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 107002Z. ISBN 9781510619531.

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The United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) observatory has been transferred to the ownership of the University of Hawaii (UH) and is now being managed by UH. We have established partnerships with several organizations to utilize the UKIRT for science projects and to support its operation. Our main partners are the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO), the East Asian Observatory (EAO), and the UKIRT microlensing team (JPL/IPAC/OSU/Vanderbilt). The USNO is working on deep northern hemisphere surveys in the H and K bands and the UKIRT microlensing team is running a monitoring campaign of the Galactic bulge. EAO, UH, and USNO have individual P.I. research programs. Most of the observations are using the Wide Field Camera (WFCAM), but the older suite of cassegrain instruments are still fully operational. Data processing and archiving continue to be done CASU and WSA in the UK. We are working on a concept to upgrade the WFCAM with new larger infrared detector arrays for substantially improved survey efficiency.

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Additional Information:© 2018 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Subject Keywords:UKIRT, telescope operation, sky surveys, wide-field imaging, infrared instrumentation
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:10700
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Official Citation:K. W. Hodapp, T. Kerr, W. Varricatt, R. McLaren, D. Lonborg, D. H. B. Hall, S. Jacobson, J. Bruursema, S. Dahm, B. N. Dorland, J. A. Munn, F. J. Vrba, J. Dempsey, Y. Shvartzvald, G. Bryden, B. S. Gaudi, C. Beichman, S. Calchi Novati, C. B. Henderson, S. Jacklin, K. Stassun, M. T. Penny, Mike Irwin, Andy Lawrence, "UKIRT under new management: status and plans", Proc. SPIE 10700, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII, 107002Z (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2311923;
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