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Status of the Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II)
Author(s): Matthew J. Lehner; Shiang-Yu Wang; Charles A. Alcock; Kem H. Cook; Gabor Furesz; John C. Geary; David Hiriart; Paul T. Ho; William H. Lee; Frank Melsheimer; Timothy Norton; Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz; Michael Richer; Andrew Szentgyorgyi; Wei-Ling Yen; Zhi-Wei Zhang
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Paper Abstract

The Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II) will aim to detect occultations of stars by small (~1 km diameter) objects in the Kuiper Belt and beyond. Such events are very rare (< 10-3 events per star per year) and short in duration (~200 ms), so many stars must be monitored at a high readout cadence. TAOS II will operate three 1.3 meter telescopes at the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional at San Pedro Mártir in Baja California, México. With a 2.3 square degree field of view and a high speed camera comprising CMOS imagers, the survey will monitor 10,000 stars simultaneously with all three telescopes at a readout cadence of 20 Hz. Construction of the site began in the fall of 2013.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2014
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 914513 (22 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054853
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew J. Lehner, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (United States)
Shiang-Yu Wang, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
Charles A. Alcock, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Kem H. Cook, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
Gabor Furesz, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
John C. Geary, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
David Hiriart, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Paul T. Ho, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
William H. Lee, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Frank Melsheimer, DFM Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Timothy Norton, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Michael Richer, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Wei-Ling Yen, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
Zhi-Wei Zhang, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9145:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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