HET Acknowledgments and Publication Policy

Land Acknowledgement

 The Hobby-Eberly Telescope Board of Directors approved the following update to the HET's Publication Policy in Fall 2023.  All publications that include HET data are expected to comply with the policy, which involves acknowledgements of the telescope and instrumentation, and appropriate citations of supporting publications.  When a peer-reviewed paper using HET data appears in print, the lead author should contact the HET Publications Coordinator, currently Donald Schneider (dps7@psu.edu), with the final journal reference information.

13 Sep 2022 HET Publication Policy Update (PDF file)


All publications
Queue Observing
Night Operations Staff
Decommissioned instruments

Engineering/Commissioning Observations
Data obtained during a scheduled instrument engineering/commissioning operations belong to the instrument PI who has the right to determine the coauthors on any publications that result from these observations.

During the early operational phase of an instrument, investigators are strongly encouraged to consider the contributions of key members of the instrument team and include them as co-authors.

The following items shall appear in all HET publications:
  • A footnote to title:
    • Based on observations obtained with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET), which is a joint project of the University of Texas at Austin, the Pennsylvania State University, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universitaet Muenchen, and Georg-August Universitaet Goettingen. The HET is named in honor of its principal benefactors, William P. Hobby and Robert E. Eberly.

HET Queue Scheduling:
In papers where the HET Queue Scheduling plays an important role (e.g., Targets of Opportunity, Synoptic Observations), the following reference should be cited:

TACC supercomputer data reduction and hosting:
  • We acknowledge the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin for providing high performance computing, visualization, and storage resources that have contributed to the results reported within this paper.

HET Instruments:
In papers where HET data are being reported, the following acknowledgments and references shall appear for the instrumentation used in the investigation:

Visible Integral-field Replicable Unit Spectrograph (VIRUS)
  • “VIRUS is a joint project of the University of Texas at Austin, Leibniz-Institut fur Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP), Texas A&M University (TAMU), Max-Planck-Institut fur Extraterrestrische Physik (MPE), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Pennsylvania State University, Institut fur Astrophysik Goettingen, University of Oxford, and the Max-Planck-Institut fur Astrophysik (MPA). In addition to Institutional support, VIRUS was partially funded by the National Science Foundation, the State of Texas, and generous support from private individuals and foundations.”
  • Here is a text file containing that acknowledgement with LaTeX-style umlauts.
For papers discussing VIRUS hardware and particularly the VIRUS IFUs, there is this additional acknowledgment, but this reference won't normally be needed on science papers:
  • “Financial support for innoFSPEC Potsdam of the German BMBF program Unternehmen Region and of Land Brandenburg, MWFK is gratefully acknowledged. We also acknowledge support by the German BMI program Wirtschaft trifft Wissenschaft. “
The following reference should appear in all papers that are acquired with the Wide-field Upgrade, but this paper also serves as the VIRUS instrument reference:
  • Hill, G.J., et al., 2021, AJ, 162, 298 (https://arxiv.org/abs/2110.03843)

Low Resolution Spectrograph 2 (LRS2)

  • The Low Resolution Spectrograph 2 (LRS2) was developed and funded by the University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy, and by Pennsylvania State University. We thank the Leibniz-Institut fur Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) and the Institut fur Astrophysik Goettingen (IAG) for their contributions to the construction of the integral field units.

Chonis, T.S., Hill, G.J., Lee, H., Tuttle, S.E., Vattiat, B.L., Drory, N., Indahl, B.L., Peterson, T.W., and Ramsey, J., 2016, Proc. SPIE 9908, 99084C

Habitable-zone Planet Finder (HPF)
  • These results are based on observations obtained with the Habitable-zone Planet Finder Spectrograph on the HET. The HPF team acknowledges support from NSF grants AST-1006676, AST-1126413, AST-1310885, AST-1517592, AST-1310875, ATI 2009889, ATI-2009982, AST-2108512, and the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NNA09DA76A) in the pursuit of precision radial velocities in the NIR. The HPF team also acknowledges support from the Heising-Simons Foundation via grant 2017-0494.  


Mahadevan, S., et al. 2012, Proc. SPIE, 8446
Mahadevan, S., et al. 2014, Proc. SPIE, 9147
Mahadevan, S., et al. 2018, Proc. SPIE, 10702

The final HPF overview paper has not yet been written. Authors who wish to include a more detailed description of the current instrument can include a passage in the paper along these lines:
  • The observations were obtained using the Habitable-zone Planet Finder (HPF; Mahadevan et al. 2012, 2014), a near-infrared, stabilized (Stefansson et al. 2016), fiber-fed (Kanodia et al. 2018), high-resolution precision radial velocity spectrograph located at the 10-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) in Texas. We use the algorithms described in the tool HxRGproc for bias removal, non-linearity correction, cosmic ray correction, slope/flux and variance image calculation (Ninan et al. 2018) of the raw HPF data. We use barycorrpy (Kanodia and Wright 2018) to perform the barycentric correction on the individual spectra, which is the Python implementation  of the algorithms from Wright and Eastman (2014) HPF has the capability for simultaneous calibration using a NIR Laser Frequency Comb (Metcalf et al. 2019).

Mahadevan, S., et al. 2012, Proc. SPIE, 8446, 84461S - https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012SPIE.8446E..1SM
Mahadevan, S., et al. 2014, Proc. SPIE, 9147, 91471G - http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014SPIE.9147E..1GM
Kanodia, S., et al., 2018, Proc. SPIE, 10702, 107026Q - http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2018SPIE10702E..6QK
Stefansson, G., et al. 2016, ApJ, 833, 175 - http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016ApJ...833..175S
Ninan, J.P., et al. 2018, Proc. SPIE, 10709, 107092U - http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2018SPIE10709E..2UN
Wright and Eastman 2014, PASP, 126, 838 - https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014PASP..126..838W
Kanodia and Wright 2018, RNAAS, 2, 1, 4 - https://doi.org/10.3847/2515-5172/aaa4b7
Metcalf, A.J., et al. 2019, Optica, 6, 233 - https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2019Optic...6..233M

  • HETDEX (including the WFU of the HET) is led by the University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy with participation from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestriche-Physik (MPE), Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP), Texas A\&M University, Pennsylvania State University, Institut für Astrophysik Göttingen, The University of Oxford, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (MPA), The University of Tokyo, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. In addition to Institutional support, HETDEX is funded by the National Science Foundation (grant AST-0926815), the State of Texas, the US Air Force (AFRL FA9451-04-2-0355), and generous support from private individuals and foundations.

    We thank the staffs of McDonald Observatory, HET, AIP, MPE, TAMU, IAG, Oxford University Department of Physics, the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics, and the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences for their contributions to the development of the HET WFU and VIRUS.


Night Operations Staff
If you wish to acknowledge the assistance of members of our night operations staff, the night staff on duty can be found in the night report.

Use of SDSS/PS1/Gaia catalogs in observatory operations
This work makes use of the Pan-STARRS1 Surveys (PS1) and the PS1 public science archive, which have been made possible through contributions by the Institute for Astronomy, the University of Hawaii, the Pan-STARRS Project Office, the Max-Planck Society and its participating institutes. This work makes use of data from the European Space Agency (ESA) mission Gaia (https://www.cosmos.esa.int/gaia), processed by the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC, https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/gaia/dpac/consortium). Funding for the DPAC has been provided by national institutions, in particular the institutions participating in the Gaia Mulitilateral Agreement. This work makes use of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV, with funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, and the Participating Institutions. SDSS-IV acknowledges support and resources from the Center for High-Performance Computing at the University of Utah. The SDSS web site is www.sdss.org.

Decommissioned instruments:

Marcario Low Resolution Spectrograph (LRS)
  • The Marcario Low Resolution Spectrograph is named for Mike Marcario of High Lonesome Optics who fabricated several optics for the instrument but died before its completion. The LRS is a joint project of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope partnership and the Instituto de Astronomía de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
  • Hill, G.J., Nicklas, H.E., MacQueen, P.J., Tejada, C., Cobos Duenas, F.J., and Mitsch, W. 1998, Proc. SPIE, 3355, 375

Medium Resolution Spectrograph (MRS)
  • none at this time

High Resolution Spectrograph (HRS)
  • none at this time
  • Tull, R.G., 1998, Proc. SPIE, 3355, 387

  • Press Release Policy:

    Press releases should be handled by each institution's publicity office, but on or preferably before the day of the release the HET Scientist should be informed. This will allow the HET Scientist to notify each of the partners, thus allowing them to respond appropriately to media interest or inquiries that might arise.

  • Last updated: Tue, 07 Feb 2023 16:30:44 +0000 stevenj

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