17-21 March 2019
Sunstar Hotel, Grindelwald, Switzerland
Europe/Zurich timezone

Keck Planet Finder

Not scheduled
Sunstar Hotel, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Sunstar Hotel, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Dorfstrasse 168, 3818 Grindelwald Switzerland
Poster Instruments in VIS


Dr Steven Gibson (UC Berkeley)


KPF is a fiber-fed, high-resolution, high-stability spectrometer in development for the W.M. Keck Observatory. The instrument is designed to characterize exoplanets via Doppler spectroscopy with a single measurement precision of 0.5 m/s or better, however its resolution and stability will enable a wide variety of other astrophysical observations. KPF will have a resolving power of > 80,000, with the bandpass spanning a green channel (445 nm to 600 nm) and a red channel (600 nm to 870 nm). A novel design aspect of KPF is the use of a Zerodur optical bench, and Zerodur optics with integral mounts, to thermally and mechanically stabilize the spectrometer. The KPF project has passed its preliminary design review and is currently in the detailed design phase, and here we will focus on engineering aspects and the overall design of the instrument.

Primary author

Dr Steven Gibson (UC Berkeley)


Dr Andrew Howard (Caltech) Dr Arpita Roy (Caltech) Mr Christopher Smith (UC Berkeley) Dr Sam Halverson (MIT) Dr Jerry Edelstein (UC Berkeley) Dr Marc Kassis (W.M. Keck Observatory) Mr Kodi Rider (UC Berkeley) Dr Edward Wishnow (UC Berkeley)

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