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The Keck Planet Imager and Characterizer: demonstrating advanced exoplanet characterization techniques for future extremely large telescopes (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Nemanja Jovanovic; Jacques-Robert Delorme; Charlotte Z. Bond; Sylvain Cetre; Dimitri Mawet; Daniel Echeverri; James K. Wallace; Randy Bartos; Scott Lilley; Sam Ragland; Garreth Ruane; Peter Wizinowich; Mark Chun; Ji Wang; Jason Wang; Michael Fitzgerald; Jacklyn Pezzato; Keith Matthews; Ben Calvin; Maxwell Millar-Blanchaer; Emily C. Martin; Edward Wetherell; Eric Wang; Shane Jacobson; Eric Warmbier; Charles Lockhart; Don Hall; Rebecca Jensen-Clem; Eden McEwen

Paper Abstract

The Keck Planet Imager and Characterizer (KPIC) is an upgrade to the Keck II adaptive optics system enabling high contrast imaging and high-resolution spectroscopic characterization of giant exoplanets in the mid-infrared (2-5 microns). The KPIC instrument will be developed in phases. Phase I entails the installation of an infrared pyramid wavefront sensor (PyWFS) based on a fast, low-noise SAPHIRA IR-APD array. The ultra-sensitive infrared PyWFS will enable high contrast studies of infant exoplanets around cool, red, and/or obscured targets in star forming regions. In addition, the light downstream of the PyWFS will be coupled into an array of single-mode fibers with the aid of an active fiber injection unit (FIU). In turn, these fibers route light to Keck's high-resolution infrared spectrograph NIRSPEC, so that high dispersion coronagraphy (HDC) can be implemented for the first time. HDC optimally pairs high contrast imaging and high-resolution spectroscopy allowing detailed characterization of exoplanet atmospheres, including molecular composition, spin measurements, and Doppler imaging. We will provide an overview of the instrument, its science scope, and report on recent results from on-sky commissioning of Phase I. We will discuss plans for optimizing the instrument to seed designs for similar modes on extremely large telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
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Proc. SPIE 11117, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IX, 111170T (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2529330
Show Author Affiliations
Nemanja Jovanovic, Caltech (United States)
Jacques-Robert Delorme, Caltech (United States)
Charlotte Z. Bond, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Sylvain Cetre, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Dimitri Mawet, Caltech (United States)
Daniel Echeverri, Caltech (United States)
James K. Wallace, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Randy Bartos, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Scott Lilley, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Sam Ragland, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Garreth Ruane, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Peter Wizinowich, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Mark Chun, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Ji Wang, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Jason Wang, Caltech (United States)
Michael Fitzgerald, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Jacklyn Pezzato, Caltech (United States)
Keith Matthews, Caltech (United States)
Ben Calvin, Caltech (United States)
Maxwell Millar-Blanchaer, Caltech (United States)
Emily C. Martin, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Edward Wetherell, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Eric Wang, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Shane Jacobson, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Eric Warmbier, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Charles Lockhart, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Don Hall, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Rebecca Jensen-Clem, University of California, Berkeley (United States)
Eden McEwen, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11117:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IX
Stuart B. Shaklan, Editor(s)

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