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Instrumentation at the Keck Observatory
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Paper Abstract

Current instruments and plans for new instruments for the W.M. Keck Observatory are reviewed on behalf of the Keck Science Steering Committee. Much has happened in the last two years. Both 10-meter telescopes have been in full operation for some time and each has a significant complement of instruments. Adaptive optics systems are functioning on both telescopes, the Keck II laser guide star system has been tested, and the Keck Interferometer has achieved first fringes. The existing LRIS spectrograph on Keck I has been upgraded to provide a UV/blue optimized channel and two new instruments have been delivered within the past year, namely, DEIMOS, a multi-object spectrograph and NIRC2, a diffraction-limited IR camera. A near-infrared integral field unit spectrometer for AO is currently under development, as is a CCD detector upgrade for the existing HIRES spectrograph. Future plans include detector upgrades for LRIS-R, and a powerful wide-field near-IR multi-object spectrometer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461785
Show Author Affiliations
Ian S. McLean, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
David Sprayberry, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4841:
Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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