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Dr. Richard Dekany

Ph.D. Optical Sciences, University of Arizona (1994)

B.S., Honors, Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology (1989)

Department of Astronomy
MSC 11-24
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125-2400
(626) 395-6798
rgd@astro.caltech.edu

Email: rgd@astro.caltech.edu.


Head of Adaptive Optics (2000-2004), Caltech Optical Observatories

Principal Investigator, PALAO Facility Adaptive Optics System for Palomar 5.1m Telescope (2000)

California Extremely Large Telescope Steering Committee (2000-2003)


Associate Director for Instrumentation Development (2004-Present), Caltech Optical Observatories

Principal Investigator, PALAO Wavefront Sensor and RTC Upgrade (2003)

Principal Investigator, Four-guide-star Tomographic Wavefront Sensor Demonstrator (2007)

Project Manager, Double Spectrograph Red-side Camera (DBSP-R, 2010)

Principal Investigator, PALM-3000 Facility Adaptive Optics System for Palomar 5.1m Telescope (2011)

Project Manager, Palomar Transient Factory Camera (PTF, 2012)

Principal Investigator, SPRITE Antrarctic AO Observatory (Proposal, 2012)

Principal Investigator, Ten-milliarcsecond Visible-Light AO Camera (TMAS, 2013)

Principal Investigator, PULSE Rayeligh LGS AO (Proposal, 2014, 2015)

Co-Investigator and Project Manager, Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF, 2018)

Project Manager, Next Generation Palomar Spectrograph (NGPS, 2018-)



Caltech Optical Observatories Instrumentation Projects and Partnerships (2004-Present)

Palomar Observatory

CWI
Gattini-IR
GLAO ZKI (Proposal)
Harvester (Proposal)
P1640
PALAO
PALAO-LGS
PALM-3000
NGPS
PARVI
PTF
Robo-AO
SEDM and SEDM Upgrade
TMAS
VERVE
WaSP
WIRC-POL
ZTF

Keck Observatory

LRIS Blue-Side Camera
KCWI
KCRM
KPAO (Proposal)
MODIUS
MOSFIRE
NIRC2 Upgrade
NIRES
NGAO (Proposal)
TRICK

TMT International Observatory

IRIS
IRMOS
PFI
WFOS

Subaru Observatory

Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS)

Antarctic Projects

Gattini
SPRITE (Proposal)

Flight Project Support

Euclid detector testing
Mars Nanosat Observer (MNO) (Proposal)
SNAP (Proposal) detector testing
UltraSat (Proposal)
WFIRST detector testing

Other Projects

Gemini GEONIS (Proposal)
Gemini WFMOS (Proposal)
Kitt Peak EMCCD Demonstrator
MINERVA
Robo-AO Kitt Peak

Non-COO Projects at COO Observatories (2004-Present)

DARKNESS (UCSB)
NESSI (New Mexico/JPL)
Nulling Interferometer (JPL)
Stellar Double Coronagraph (JPL)
SWIFT (Oxford)
TripleSpec (Cornell)