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Objectives

The HARPS-N spectrograph is a high-precision radial-velocity instrument, similar to HARPS on the 3.6-m ESO telescope in Chile. It will be located in the Northern hemisphereand installed at the TNG on La Palma Island (Canary Islands) to allow for synergy with the NASA Kepler mission. The main scientific rationale of HARPS-N is the characterization and discovery of terrestrial planets by combining transits and Doppler measurements. 
The HARPS-N Project is a collaboration between the Astronomical Observatory of the Geneva University (lead), the CfA in Cambridge, the Universities of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, the Queens University of Belfast, and the TNG-INAF Observatory.

 

 

Management

Principal Investigator

Francesco Pepe, Observatoire de l'Université de Genève, CH

 

Co-Principal Investigators

Dave Latham, Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge USA

Stéphane Udry, Observatoire de l'Université de Genève, CH

Andrew Collier Cameron, University of St. Andrews, UK

Emilio Molinari, INAF-Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, Italy

 

Project Management

Francesco Pepe, Observatoire de l'Université de Genève, CH

David Lunney, Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh, UK

 

System Engineering

Francesco Pepe, Observatoire de l'Université de Genève, CH

Andy Born, Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh, UK

 

Software System Engineering:

Andy Vick, Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh, UK

Danuta Sosnowska, Observatoire de l'Université de Genève, CH

 

Collaborating Institutes

Observatoire Astronomique de l’Université de Genève, CH (Head)

Harvard-Smithonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, USA

SUPA University of St. Andrews, UK

SUPA University of Edinburgh, UK

Queens University Belfast, UK

 

 

Project Schedule
Milestone Date
Kick Off September 1st, 2010
Start of integration October 1st, 2011
Acceptance Geneva January 1st, 2012
Commissioning March/April 2012
Inauguration April 23rd, 2012

Start of operations

Open time

May 1st, 2012

August 1st, 2012

 

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