KI • Missions & Center • Operational
The Keck Interferometer (KI) unites the twin 10-meter Keck Telescopes in Hawaii to create the largest optical/near-infrared interferometer in the world, equivalent to a single 85-m diameter telescope with a spatial resolution of 5 milliarcseconds in the near-IR. The inaugural configuration was successfully tested in early 2001, and smaller outrigger elements will be added to the array in the near future. Key science programs for KI include searching for other planetary systems from their astrometric signature and by their emitted light, as well as characterizing the exo-zodiacal dust environment around nearby stars.
The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at IPAC is responsible for developing and operating the Science Operations System (SOS) for KI - including the program solicitation, user interface and consultation, data infrastructure, and (jointly with WMKO) science operations for KI