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Kitt Peak Electron Multiplying CCD demonstrator

Coughlin, Michael W. and Dekany, Richard G. and Duev, Dmitry A. and Feeney, Michael and Kulkarni, S. R. and Riddle, Reed and Ahumada, Tomás and Burdge, Kevin and Dugas, Alison M. and Fremling, Christoffer U. and Hallinan, Gregg and Prince, Thomas A. and van Roestel, Jan (2019) Kitt Peak Electron Multiplying CCD demonstrator. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 485 (1). pp. 1412-1419. ISSN 0035-8711. doi:10.1093/mnras/stz497.

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The Kitt Peak Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) demonstrator is a new instrument that has been developed for use at the Kitt Peak National Observatory’s 84-inch telescope. The EMCCD enables single-band optical imaging in the Sloan g and r bands and Johnson UVRI filters. The EMCCD is chosen for its sub-electron effective read noise using large multiplicative gains. With these systems, frame rates of greater than 1 Hz are possible. The field of view is 4.4 × 4.4 arcmin^2 and the pixel size is 0.259 arcsec. This camera, coupled with a fully roboticized telescope, is ideal for follow-up of short period, white dwarf binary candidates, as well as short duration transient and periodic sources identified by large field-of-view all-sky surveys such as the Zwicky Transient Facility.

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Coughlin, Michael W.0000-0002-8262-2924
Dekany, Richard G.0000-0002-5884-7867
Duev, Dmitry A.0000-0001-5060-8733
Kulkarni, S. R.0000-0001-5390-8563
Riddle, Reed0000-0002-0387-370X
Ahumada, Tomás0000-0002-2184-6430
Burdge, Kevin0000-0002-7226-836X
Fremling, Christoffer U.0000-0002-4223-103X
Hallinan, Gregg0000-0002-7083-4049
Prince, Thomas A.0000-0002-8850-3627
van Roestel, Jan0000-0002-2626-2872
Additional Information:© 2019 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model ( Accepted 2019 February 13. Received 2019 February 13; in original form 2019 January 14. MC is supported by the David and Ellen Lee Postdoctoral Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology. The KPED team thanks the National Science Foundation and the National Optical Astronomical Observatory for making the Kitt Peak 2.1-m telescope available. We thank the observatory staff at Kitt Peak for their efforts to assist Robo-AO KP operations. The KPED team thanks the National Science Foundation, the National Optical Astronomical Observatory and the Murty family for support in the building and operation of KPED. In addition, they thank the CHIMERA project for use of the EMCCD. This work has made use of data from the European Space Agency (ESA) mission Gaia (, processed by the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC, Funding for the DPAC has been provided by national institutions, in particular the institutions participating in the Gaia Multilateral Agreement. The authors thank Dr Simon Mark Tulloch for reviewing the transcript and providing useful feedback. They also thank Pavan Bilgi and Roger Smith for a discussion of charge transfer inefficiency measurement techniques.
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David and Ellen Lee Postdoctoral ScholarshipUNSPECIFIED
Gaia Multilateral AgreementUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:instrumentation: photometers, techniques: photometric
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Official Citation:Michael W Coughlin, Richard G Dekany, Dmitry A Duev, Michael Feeney, S R Kulkarni, Reed Riddle, Tomás Ahumada, Kevin Burdge, Alison M Dugas, Christoffer U Fremling, Gregg Hallinan, Thomas A Prince, Jan van Roestel, The Kitt Peak Electron Multiplying CCD demonstrator, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 485, Issue 1, May 2019, Pages 1412–1419,
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