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A radial velocity spectrometer for the Automated Planet Finder Telescope at Lick Observatory
Author(s): Matthew V. Radovan; Gerald F. Cabak; Lee H. Laiterman; Christopher T. Lockwood; Steven S. Vogt
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Paper Abstract

The Ken and Gloria Levy Spectrometer is being constructed at the Instrument Development Laboratory (Technical Facilities) of UCO/ Lick Observatory for use on the 2.4 meter Automated Planet Finder Telescope at Mt. Hamilton. The mechanical design of the instrument has been optimized for precision Doppler measurements. A key component of the design is the space-frame structure that contains passive thermal compensation. Determinate hexapod structures are used to mount the collimator, prism, and echelle grating. In this paper we describe the instrument mechanical design and some features that will help it detect rocky planets in the habitable zone.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2010
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77354K (20 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857726
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew V. Radovan, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Gerald F. Cabak, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Lee H. Laiterman, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Christopher T. Lockwood, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Steven S. Vogt, UCO/Lick Observatory, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7735:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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