26 July 2016 Robo-AO Kitt Peak: status of the system and deployment of a sub-electron readnoise IR camera to detect low-mass companions
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We have started an initial three-year deployment of Robo-AO at the 2.1-m telescope at Kitt Peak, Arizona as of November 2015. We report here on the project status and two new developments with the Robo-AO KP system: the commissioning of a sub-electron readnoise SAPHIRA near-infrared camera, which will allow us to widen the scope of possible targets to low-mass stellar and substellar objects; and, performance analysis and tuning of the adaptive optics system, which will improve the sensitivity to these objects. Commissioning of the near-infrared camera and optimizing the AO performance occur in parallel with ongoing visible-light science programs.
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Maïssa Salama, Christoph Baranec, Rebecca Jensen-Clem, Reed Riddle, Dmitry Duev, Shrinivas Kulkarni, Nicholas M. Law, "Robo-AO Kitt Peak: status of the system and deployment of a sub-electron readnoise IR camera to detect low-mass companions", Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99091A (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233741; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233741
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