The Kitt Peak Electron Multiplying CCD demonstrator

Michael W. Coughlin, Richard G. Dekany, Dmitry A. Duev, Michael Feeney, S. R. Kulkarni, Reed Riddle, Tomás Ahumada, Kevin Burdge, Alison M. Dugas, Christoffer U. Fremling, Gregg Hallinan, Thomas A. Prince, Jan Van Roestel

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The Kitt Peak Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) demonstrator is a new instrument that has been developed for use at the Kitt Peak National Observatory's 84-inch telescope. The EMCCD enables single-band optical imaging in the Sloan g and r bands and Johnson UVRI filters. The EMCCD is chosen for its sub-electron effective read noise using large multiplicative gains. With these systems, frame rates of greater than 1 Hz are possible. The field of view is 4.4 × 4.4 arcmin2 and the pixel size is 0.259 arcsec. This camera, coupled with a fully roboticized telescope, is ideal for follow-up of short period, white dwarf binary candidates, as well as short duration transient and periodic sources identified by large field-of-view all-sky surveys such as the Zwicky Transient Facility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1412-1419
Number of pages8
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • instrumentation: photometers
  • techniques: photometric

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    Coughlin, M. W., Dekany, R. G., Duev, D. A., Feeney, M., Kulkarni, S. R., Riddle, R., Ahumada, T., Burdge, K., Dugas, A. M., Fremling, C. U., Hallinan, G., Prince, T. A., & Van Roestel, J. (2019). The Kitt Peak Electron Multiplying CCD demonstrator. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 485(1), 1412-1419.