Caltech Optical Observatories' Optical/InfraRed (OIR) Instrumentation Group conceives, studies, designs, integrates, and commissions high-impact astronomical instrumentation for Caltech-accessible astronomical observatories including TMT, Keck, Subaru, Gemini, and Palomar. We also support space instrumentation development through partnerships with NASA, DoE, and international universities and space agencies.
The OIR group currently consists of 17 professional engineers and instrument scientists located on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, California.
The group is led by Dr. Richard Dekany, Associate Director, COO (626) 395-6798.
Latest News from COO
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)
PALM-3000 "s8" wavefront sensing mode sees first light at Palomar Mountain (May 12, 2014)
DARKNESS, an infrared MKIDS-based array camera, funded by NSF at UC Santa Barbara (B. Mazin, PI) for use with PALM-3000 (Aug 12, 2013)