24 July 1998 Keck Interferometer
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The Keck Interferometer is being developed by JPL and CARA as one of the ground-based components of NASA's Origins Program. The interferometer will combine the two 10-m Keck telescopes with four proposed 1.8-m outrigger telescopes located at the periphery of the Keck site on Mauna Kea. Incorporation of adaptive optics on the Keck telescopes with cophasing using an isoplanatic reference provides high sensitivity. Back-end instrumentation will include two-way combiners for cophasing and single-baseline measurements, a nulling combiner for high-dynamic range measurements, and a multi-way imaging combiner. Science objectives include the characterization of zodiacal dust around other stars, detection of hot Jupiters and brown dwarfs through multi- color differential-phase measurements, astrometric searches for planets down to Uranus-mass, and a wide range of IR imaging.
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M. Mark Colavita, M. Mark Colavita, Andrew F. Boden, Andrew F. Boden, Samuel L. Crawford, Samuel L. Crawford, Aden B. Meinel, Aden B. Meinel, Michael Shao, Michael Shao, Paul N. Swanson, Paul N. Swanson, Gerard Theodore van Belle, Gerard Theodore van Belle, Gautam Vasisht, Gautam Vasisht, James M. Walker, James M. Walker, J. Kent Wallace, J. Kent Wallace, Peter L. Wizinowich, Peter L. Wizinowich, "Keck Interferometer", Proc. SPIE 3350, Astronomical Interferometry, (24 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317145; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.317145
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