Gene Stowe | May 22, 2014 | Notre Dame College of Science
The group that oversees the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) has selected the team led by Justin Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, to build a new astronomical spectrometer named “iLocater” for its next-generation of instruments. The instrument was selected from among new hardware concepts proposed by the LBT observatory's domestic and international partners.
iLocater is an ultra-precise spectrometer that will be built in the astrophysics laboratory at Nieuwland Science Hall. It will detect and study Earth-like planets located within the habitable zone around the nearest stars. In addition to determining planetary orbits as well as their mass and density, iLocater will also probe their atmospheres to assess chemical composition. The group that approved the project included the LBT science steering committee, board, and observatory director.