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Gemini Planet Imager (GPI): Cleared for Shipment to Gemini South!

In a milestone statement distributed moments ago by the GPI Pre-delivery Acceptance Review Committee, Chair Stephen Goodsell announced that GPI is now clear for shipment from the University of California Santa Cruz to Gemini South in Chile.The Committee’s final report is slated for release on July 26th, but a statement sumarizing the results of the review is available now - GPI Review Committee: Final Day Statement  41 KB

 

Gemini e-Newscast #29 -- March 2, 2011

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Observing Strategies

 

Long-slit

The gaps between the three detectors in GMOS cause gaps in the spectral coverage, see the example. The size of the gaps in wavelength space depends on the grating used, but is typically a few nanometers. If continuous spectral coverage is essential for your program, consider using two configurations of the grating with central wavelengths 3-5 nm different.

A Pair of Stellar Corpses Surrenders Secrets

The GMOS-North light curve (top panel) and Fourier transform (bottom panel) for the optical companion to PSR J1738+0333. A comparison star is shown in blue, offset by -7%. We mark the 4 sigma and 3 sigma significance level as dashed green and blue lines, respectively. The three significant pulsations are marked with red lines in the bottom panel and the frequency solution is illustrated in the top panel.

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Detector Array

Detector characteristics are given in this section. Note that the GMOS-South detectors have been upgraded in 14B. Note also that the telescope optics are now silver-coated, reducing the system throughput in the blue.

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GNIRS Temporarily Unavailable

Due to ongoing problems with its cold heads, GNIRS is about to be removed from the telescope and warmed up for closer inspection. We should know by Friday October 10th whether this intervention has been successful. The instrument will not be available for observations during this period, and NIRI will be installed on the GNIRS telescope port instead (see the 2014B telescope schedule: http://www.gemini.edu/sciops/metrics/gn2014Boverview.html).

GMOS-S Array (EEV)

This information refers to the EEV detectors at GMOS-S. These were removed in May 2014 and are no longer available. The Hamamatsu detectors were installed in June 2014. 

 

The GMOS South detector array consists of three 2048x4608 EEV chips arranged in a row. The table below gives a summary of the current detector/controller characteristics.