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

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 August 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 990805 (3 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233759
Show Author Affiliations
Sean M. Adkins, W2 Enterprises (United States)
Ian S. McLean, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Michael P. Fitzgerald, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
James E. Larkin, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Hilton A. Lewis, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Christopher Martin, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Dimitri Mawet, California Institute of Technology (United States)
J. X. Prochaska, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Peter Wizinowich, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9908:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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