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Title: The Keck Interferometer Nuller: system architecture and laboratory performance
Authors: Serabyn, E.
Booth, A.
Colavita, M. M.
Creech-Eakman, M.
Crawford, S.
Garcia, J.
Johnson, R.
Hovland, E.
Koresko, C.
Ligon, R.
Martin, S. R.
Mennesson, B.
Moore, J.
Palmer, D.
Paine, C.
Shao, M.
Swain, M.
Smythe, R.
Vasisht, G.
Keywords: nulling
Issue Date: 21-Jun-2004
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004
Abstract: The first high-dynamic-range interferometric mode planned to come on line at the Keck Observatory is mid-infrared nulling. This observational mode, which is based on the cancellation of the on-axis starlight arriving at the win Keck telescopes, will be used to examine nearby stellar systems for the presence of circumstellar exozodiacal emission. This paper describes the system level layout of the Keck Interferometer Nuller (KIN), as well as the final performance levels demonstrated in the laboratory integration and test phase at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory prior to shipment of the nuller hardware to the Keck Observatory in mid-June 2004. On-sky testing and observation with the mid-infrared nuller are slated to begin in August 2004.
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