Recently, the HPF team was selected to build the NEID spectrograph, the next generation spectrograph for the 3.5m WIYN telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, located on the Tohono O’odham reservation in Arizona. The word neid means ‘to see’ in the language of the Tohono O’odham, where we as a community, are privileged to be doing astronomical observations.
NEID is funded by the joint NASA/NSF partnership NN-EXPLORE program, administered by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, with the goal to support and advance exoplanet research through an ultra-precise radial velocity observational program. NEID is designed from existing heritage to address some of the most pressing and exciting exoplanet questions over the next decade—many of which can only be answered with extreme precision radial velocities. In particular, NEID leverages direct technology heritage from HPF, adopting many subsystems that have been discussed in detail here on the HPF blog. Like HPF, NEID will have its own dedicated blog, which will be kept updated with news on the build, assembly, tests, and new results. Go check it out here: http://neid.psu.edu/ !