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COO Optical/Infrared Group News Archive

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2017

  • KCWI first light achieved at Keck Observatory, Mauna Kea

2016

  • WaSP first light achieved at prime focus of the Hale 5.1m telescope (Feb 28, 2016)

2015

  • Robo-AO selected for dedicated observing at KPNO 2.1m telescope (April 10, 2015)
 

2014

  • Robo-AO closes NIR NGS tip-tilt loop w/ Rayleigh LGS system using SAPHIRA-based camera through collaboration with U Hawaii (Sept 2, 2014)
  • Zwicky Transient Facility MSIP award work effort begins (Sept 1, 2014)
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  • MOSFIRE first light obtained in Caltech laboratory clean room (July 1, 2010)
  • First release of full PALM-3000 software delivered to Cahill PALM-3000 testbed (April 5, 2010)
  • Initial P1640 + CAL engineering run marks key step to integration of planet finding AO system (March 22, 2010)
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  • Robo-AO's real-time software to be used in Pomona College’s NGS version of Robo-AO at Table Mountain (Dr. Christoph Baranec, Sub-award PI, $100,000 from NSF MRI-R^2; March 4, 2010)
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  • Robo-AO's real-time software to be used in Pomona College’s NGS version of Robo-AO at Table Mountain (Dr. Christoph Baranec, Sub-award PI, $100,000 from NSF MRI-R^2; March 4, 2010)
 

2009

  • Robo-AO (Dr. Christoph Baranec, PI) awarded $576,782 from NSF ATI program (June 15, 2009)
  • Gattini-UV South Pole Camera (Dr. Anna Moore, PI) awarded $311,706 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Public Law 111-5) (May 20, 2009)
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  • COO and JPL awarded $160K to study Non-linear Detector Effects in Weak Gravitational Lensing (February 14, 2008)

2007

  • Palomar Adaptive Optics + Lucky Cam named one of TIME magazine's 50 Best Inventions of the Year in 2007:
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  • Triplespec First Light - the Cornell-led, no moving parts, cross-dispersed echelle has successful first run on the 200" telescope (October 2, 2007)
  • Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) kicks off the development of MOSAIC, its wide-field imaging camera for the 48" Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar (October 1, 2007)
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  • COO/JPL Palomar Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics achieves 48% K-band Strehl in superior seeing conditions at Palomar Mountain (July 29, 2007)

2006

  • COO awarded $1.1M by National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program for development of the visible-light PALM-3000 AO system on the 5.1m Hale Telescope at Palomar Mountain (Sept 3, 2006)
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