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Keck Interferometer nuller instrument performance
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Paper Abstract

The Keck Interferometer combines the two 10 m Keck telescopes as a long baseline interferometer. It is funded by NASA as a joint development among the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the W. M. Keck Observatory, and the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute. In February 2008, the 10 um nulling mode began a 32 night observing program with three key science teams to perform a survey of nearby stars for exozodiacal dust. This program has recently concluded, and has been followed by nuller observing on a variety of science topics through the standard proposal process. We provide a review and update of the nuller implementation, and describe the data reduction process, including the calibration approach. We then review the technical performance of the instrument based on the full key science data set, including sensitivity and systematic errors. We also provide some summary data on atmospheric effects applicable to the cophasing approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7734, Optical and Infrared Interferometry II, 77340T (21 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857166
Show Author Affiliations
M. M. Colavita, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
E. Serabyn, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
S. Ragland, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
R. Millan-Gabet, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, California Institute of Technology (United States)
R. L. Akeson, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7734:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry II
William C. Danchi; Françoise Delplancke; Jayadev K. Rajagopal, Editor(s)

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