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Claire Poppett

Assistant Research Physicist
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I received my PhD from the University of Durham in the UK and then moved to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as a postdoc. I am now a research physicist at SSL. My expertise is in ground based astronomical instrumentation – I love designing and building hardware and then watching the instrument work! My primary role over the past fe years has been as the lead fiber scientist for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) for which I have also contributed to DESI imaging surveys and instrument commissioning. In the past I have worked on space instrumentation such as FUV for ICON, and other ground based astronomical instruments such as the Keck Planet Finder. In the near term future I will act as a DESI lead observer at Kitt Peak in Tucson. The remainder of my time will be spent working on new instrumentation such as FOBOS for Keck and SDSS-V.