28 April 2008
Taft Armandroff (Keck Observatory)
Taft Armandroff has served as Director of the W.M. Keck Observatory on
July 1, 2006. His talk will include recent progress at Keck Observatory
on new instruments, telescope and instrument upgrades, and plans for the
future. A number of instrumental initiatives are underway, including a
detector upgrade for the red arm of LRIS, the new multi-object infrared
spectrograph MOSFIRE, and the MAGIQ guider enhancement / replacement
project. Adaptive optics enhancements that will be discussed include
enabling laser-guide-star adaptive optics on the Keck I telescope, in
addition to the existing system on Keck II, and the design of a
next-generation adaptive optics system and related instrumentation.
Statistics on the scientific output and impact of Keck Observatory will
also be featured.