Dr. Jeff Chilcote

While at the Dunlap Institute, Chilcote was part of the team that built the integral-field spectrograph for the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI). GPI is an extreme adaptive-optics, imaging polarimeter/integral-field spectrograph designed to directly image exoplanets—planets around other stars. GPI was commissioned in early 2014.

He continues to be part of the team monitoring beta Pic b with GPI, the first directly observed exoplanet. He made some of the first observations of beta Pic B with GPI and published the first H-band spectrum of the planet. He is also part of the Gemini Planet Imager Survey (GPIES) which is targeting some 600 stars and runs through 2017.

Chilcote was also a member of the team that developed CHARIS, the Coronagraphic High Angular Resolution Imaging Spectrograph—an adaptive-optics imaging spectrograph that achieve first light in November 2016 on the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii—and he continues as part of that collaboration.

In addition, his instrumentation focus is on lenslet-based integral-field spectrographs.

Chilcote received his PhD from UCLA in 2014. He worked in the UCLA Infrared Lab, which has built some of the premier infrared imagers and spectrographs for ground-based observatories. He became a Dunlap Fellow September 2014.

In September 2017, he left the Dunlap to become a postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. Currently, he is also a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame.