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Advances in instrumentation at the W. M. Keck Observatory
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we describe both recently completed instrumentation projects and our current development efforts in terms of their role in the strategic plan, the key science areas they address, and their performance as measured or predicted. Projects reaching completion in 2012 include MOSFIRE, a near IR multi-object spectrograph, a laser guide star adaptive optics facility on the Keck I telescope, and an upgrade to the guide camera for the HIRES instrument on Keck I. Projects in development include a new seeing limited integral field spectrograph for the visible wavelength range called the Keck Cosmic Web Imager (KCWI), an upgrade to the telescope control systems on both Keck telescopes, a near-IR tip/tilt sensor for the Keck I adaptive optics system, and a new grating for the OSIRIS integral field spectrograph.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 844603 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926555
Show Author Affiliations
Sean M. Adkins, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Taft E. Armandroff, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
James Johnson, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Hilton A. Lewis, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Christopher Martin, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Ian S. McLean, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Peter Wizinowich, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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