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The Keck Interferometer Nuller (KIN): configuration, measurement approach, and first results
Author(s): E. Serabyn; E. Appleby; J. Bell; A. Booth; J. Chin; M. M. Colavita; S. Crawford; M. Creech-Eakman; W. Dahl; J. Fanson; J. Garcia; J. Gathright; E. Hovland; M. Hrynevych; C. Koresko; R. Ligon; B. Mennesson; J. Moore; D. Palmer; T. Panteleeva; C. Paine; S. Ragland; L. Reder; T. Saloga; R. Smythe; C. Tyau; K. Tsubota; G. Vasisht; E. Wetherell; P. Wizinowich; J. Woillez
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Paper Abstract

The Keck Interferometer Nuller (KIN) will be used to examine nearby stellar systems for the presence of circumstellar exozodiacal emission. A successful pre-ship review was held for the KIN in June 2004, after which the KIN was shipped to the Keck Observatory. The integration of the KIN's many sub-systems on the summit of Mauna Kea, and initial on-sky testing of the system, has occupied the better part of the past year. This paper describes the KIN system-level configuration, from both the hardware and control points of view, as well as the current state of integration of the system and the measurement approach to be used. During the most recent on-sky engineering runs in May and July 2005, all of the sub-systems necessary to measure a narrowband null were installed and operational, and the full nulling measurement cycle was carried out on a star for the first time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5905, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets II, 59050T (15 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.618228
Show Author Affiliations
E. Serabyn, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
E. Appleby, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
J. Bell, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
A. Booth, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. Chin, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
M. M. Colavita, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
S. Crawford, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
M. Creech-Eakman, New Mexico Tech (United States)
W. Dahl, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
J. Fanson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. Garcia, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. Gathright, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
E. Hovland, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
M. Hrynevych, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
C. Koresko, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
R. Ligon, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
B. Mennesson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. Moore, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
D. Palmer, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
T. Panteleeva, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
C. Paine, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
S. Ragland, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
L. Reder, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
T. Saloga, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
R. Smythe, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
C. Tyau, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
K. Tsubota, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
G. Vasisht, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
E. Wetherell, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
P. Wizinowich, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)
J. Woillez, W.M. Keck Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5905:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets II
Daniel R. Coulter, Editor(s)

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