he GPIES team is led by the Principal Investigator Bruce Macintosh assisted by several Lead co-Investigators including James R. Graham, Travis Barman, Rene Doyon, Daniel Fabrycky, Michael Fitzgerald, Paul Kalas, Quinn Konopacky, Franck Marchis, Mark Marley, Christian Marois, Jennifer Patience, Marshall Perrin, Ben Oppenheimer and Inseok Song. The entire team is composed of ~50 investigators, including several postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, from universities and research centers located in the U.S.A., U.K., Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.
The team meets regularly through the GPIES Science meetings whose first session was organized at the SETI Institute on October 11-13 2011, and the second one at the University of Toronto on June 13-14 2012. These meeting give an opportunity to the team to discuss the progress on the integration of instrument, design the observing campaign, organize the data processing and analysis pipeline, discuss the latest results in the field of exoplanets.
The picture below shows the attendees at the first GPIES Science Workshop in June 2011. All members of the GPIES team have read and agree to abide by the policies set forth in the Gemini Project Policies Document. We committed to releasing fully processed images, including speckle suppression by our standard pipeline, in incremental releases approximately 18 months after the campaign begins.
Group picture of the June 2011 GPIES Science Meeting (Credit: SETI Institute)
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH): AMNH was leading the design and testing of GPI’s apodized-pupil Lyot coronagraph and part of the EPO.
Arizona State University: This university is hosting a team in charge of the target selection
Dunlap Institute of the University of Toronto: The team at Lowell Observatory is providing its expertise data-processing and target selection
Gemini Observatory: Gemini Observatory is leading the on-sky commissioning of the GPI instrument
Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (HIA): Canada’s Herzberg Institute was responsible for the opto-mechanical structure (OMSS) of GPI and the top-level computer (TLC) that connects the subsystems to each other and the observatory. HIA is also collaborating on control algorithms for the AO system.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL): JPL was responsible for the precision infrared wavefront-calibration system.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL): LLNL is the lead institution for the GPI instrument, responsible for the overall design and project management, and the real-time adaptive optics system.
Lowell Observatory:The team at Lowell Observatory is providing its expertise in modeling exoplanet atmospheres
NASA Ames: NASA Ames is co-leading the theory effort of the campaign by developing and providing models of exoplanets.
SETI Institute: The SETI Institute is co-leading the Education and Public Outreach effort and in charge of setting up and maintaining the remote control room facility. SETI Institute is the lead institution for the GPIES campaign
STSCI:The Space telescope Institute is providing the data analysis pipeline to extract planetary signals from GPI data
University de Montreal: University de Montreal is providing the data analysis pipeline to extract planetary signals from GPI data, and collaborated with UCLA on the design of the spectrograph.
University of California, Berkeley (UCB): Several science team members are hosted at this university
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): The Infrared Instrumentation Laboratory was responsible for the construction of the GPI science instrument, a near-IR integral field spectrograph and the science team provides expertise in debris disk imaging and polarimetry
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC): GPI integration and testing has been taken place since 2010 at the UC Santa Cruz Laboratory for Adaptive Optics. A team is providing its expertise in modeling exoplanet atmospheres
University of Georgia: This university is hosting a team in charge of the target selection
GPI: A scientific partnership between institutions from the U.S.A., U.K., Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.