Author Archives: Paul M Robertson

HPF Goes On Sky!

Introduction Things have been quiet here on the HPF blog for the last few months, but that has certainly not been the case in our lab!  Our team has been working diligently, making the final push to deliver HPF to … Continue reading

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Stellar Activity in the Near-Infrared: We Need a New Ruler!

Introduction We talk about stellar activity a lot on this blog.  Once HPF gets on sky, radial velocity noise from stellar activity will likely be the biggest impediment to finding exoplanets.  Thus, if we want HPF’s chief scientific mission of … Continue reading

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The Plot Thickens: Habitable-Zone Exoplanets around Proxima Centauri and TRAPPIST-1

Introduction As the time approaches to commission HPF on the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, we are learning that the spectrograph will be coming online in truly exciting times for exoplanet science!  The detection of habitable-zone exoplanets around two nearby M dwarf stars—including … Continue reading

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