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Large collaboration in observational astronomy: the Gemini Planet Imager exoplanet survey case

[+] Author Affiliations
Franck Marchis, Paul G. Kalas

SETI Institute (United States)

Marshall D. Perrin

Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)

Quinn M. Konopacky

Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)

Dmitry Savransky

Cornell Univ. (United States)

Bruce Macintosh

Stanford Univ. (United States)

Christian Marois

National Research Council of Canada Herzberg (Canada)

James R. Graham

Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)

Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99102D (August 23, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2233313
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  • Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
  • Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom | June 26, 2016

abstract

The Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) is a next-generation high-contrast imager built for the Gemini Observatory. The GPI exoplanet survey (GPIES) consortium is made up of 102 researchers from ~28 institutions in North and South America and Europe. In November 2014, we launched a search for young Jovian planets and debris disks. In this paper, we discuss how we have coordinated the work done by this large team to improve the technical and scientific productivity of the campaign, and describe lessons we have learned that could be useful for future instrumentation-based astronomical surveys. The success of GPIES lies mostly on its decentralized structure, clear definition of policies that are signed by each member, and the heavy use of modern tools for communicating, exchanging information, and processing data. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
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Franck Marchis ; Paul G. Kalas ; Marshall D. Perrin ; Quinn M. Konopacky ; Dmitry Savransky, et al.
" Large collaboration in observational astronomy: the Gemini Planet Imager exoplanet survey case ", Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99102D (August 23, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2233313; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2233313


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