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JPL Research Opportunities at the 5-m telescope at Mt. Palomar
Presented by Michael Werner
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Virtual Event starts at 11:00 A.M.

JPL controls 25% of the nights on the 5-m telescope at Palomar Observatory, which remains a powerful tool for astronomical research. We [including IPAC] have our own time allocation process and access to all Palomar instruments, which provide a very wide range of capabilities. Several of these instruments have been developed or upgraded by JPL folks under an agreement with campus. This session provides a forum for discussion of the Palomar opportunity. It will include a series of short presentations which highlight the two spectrographs, NESSI and PARVI, developed with substantial JPL participation and now being offered to the community on a shared risk basis. The overall agenda for the discussion is:
  • Overview of the Palomar Opportunity
         Mike Werner (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  • Current status of the observatory and plans for the near future
         Andy Boden, Deputy Director (Caltech Optical Observatories)
  • The NESSI spectrograph
         Rob Zellem (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  • Precision radial velocity measurements
         Gautam Vasisht (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Following these presentations, the floor will be open for general discussion and questions.

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