The Keck Planet Finder team is a compilation of precision instrumentation expertise across institutions. The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at UC Berkeley is the primary design and build location; WMKO is responsible for the fiber injection unit (FIU), facility modifications, and instrument software; University of California Observatories (UCO) is working on the detectors and the instrument software; the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is developing the data reduction pipeline and is also involved with the design and testing of the detectors; and Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) is developing the Fabry-Perot etalon for the KPF calibration system.


The KPF team with the Zerodur disk (partially uncovered inside its shipping crate) that is a key design choice for achieving extreme radial velocity precision.

Project Leadership

Principal Investigator:
Andrew Howard

Project Director:
Jerry Edelstein

Project Manager:
Kodi Rider

Systems Engineer:
Steve Gibson

Project Scientist:
Arpita Roy

KPF Team
Chris Smith,  Sam Halverson, Ed Wishnow, Mike Raffanti, Mike Aina, Steve Allen, Eric Appleby, Steve Baca, John Baldwin, Dwight Chan, Jason Chin, David Cowley, Jim Curtis, Yuzo Ishikawa, Ean James, Elisha Jhoti, Kyle Lanclos, Tim Miller, Steve Milner, Tom Payne, Bill Randolph, Kodi Rider, Dale Sanford, Christian Schwab, Martin Sirk, Roger Smith, Marie Weisfeiler, Mavourneen Wilcox, Adam Vandenberg.

KPF Science Advisory Committee
Chas Beichman (Caltech/IPAC), Courtney Dressing (UC Berkeley), Dan Huber (Univ. Hawaii), Heather Knutson (Caltech), Erik Petigura (Caltech), Paul Robertson (UC Irvine)