Members of the GPI team recently attended the biennial SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation conference. This time it was in Montreal at the end of June, and you can check out #SPIEastro to find out more about the general topics covered at the conference.
After the conference, the presenters write manuscripts on their work and these are published in the Proceedings of SPIE. Last night we had a GPI “paper splash” of SPIE pre-prints at the Astro-ph ArXiv. There are 18 of them — that’s a lot of work from the GPI team! Thanks to Quinn for posting.
Marshall also posted the submitted version of his HR 4796 paper and you should go check out the GPI images of this famous debris disk — they’re beautiful!
Polarimetry with the Gemini Planet Imager: Methods, Performance at First Light, and the Circumstellar Ring around HR 4796A by Marshall D. Perrin et al.
There are many conferences in astronomy and many in engineering, but this is a rare one that combines the two, and so the SPIE Telescopes conference is always a big deal. The AO session in particular was pretty crowded and the GPI talks were well-attended. I didn’t manage to get a good seat at all the talks or to catch the presenters at all the posters, but here are some pictures that I was able to take: