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

The NIRSPEC Upgrade for the Keck II Telescope

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Sunstar Hotel, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Sunstar Hotel, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Dorfstrasse 168, 3818 Grindelwald Switzerland
Poster Instruments in nIR


Dr Emily Martin (UCSC)


NIRSPEC is a high-resolution (R=𝝀/𝛥𝜆~25,000), cross-dispersed, echelle spectrograph operating from 1-5 um on the Keck II telescope. In Fall 2018, we upgraded the instrument to increase its sensitivity and ensure its continued longevity. We have also used the NIRSPEC instrument as a testbed for developing new technologies, such as laser frequency combs, to improve instrumental stability for upcoming extreme precision radial velocity (PRV) instruments. We present details on the major components of the upgrade, including 1) new spectrometer detector, 2) new slit viewing camera, 3) new motion control electronics, and 4) improved instrumental stability. We will show initial on-sky results from our December 2018 commissioning and discuss the impact the upgrade will have for observers. The improvements we are making will increase sensitivity in the photon-limited regime by ~1 mag, allowing for observations of fainter targets and more efficient observing. We also expect the stability improvements to improve our sensitivity below ~100 m/s. We will discuss these improvements in the context of upcoming PRV instruments, with lessons-learned.

Primary author

Dr Emily Martin (UCSC)


Prof. Michael Fitzgerald (UCLA) Dr Gregory Doppmann (Keck Observatory) Dr Marc Kassis (Keck Observatory) Prof. Ian McLean (UCLA) Mr Ted Aliado (UCLA) Mr John Canfield (UCLA) Mr Chris Johnson (UCLA) Mr Evan Kress (UCLA) Mr Kyle Lanclos (Keck Observatory) Mr Ken Magnone (UCLA) Mr Ji Man Sohn (UCLA) Mr Eric Wang (UCLA) Mr Jason Weiss (UCLA) Dr Mavourneen Wilcox (Keck Observatory)

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