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Status of the Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II)
Author(s): Matthew J. Lehner; Shiang-Yu Wang; Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz; Charles Alcock; Joel Castro; Wen-Ping Chen; You-Hua Chu; Kem H. Cook; Liliana Figueroa; John C. Geary; Chung-Kai Huang; Dae-Won Kim; Timothy Norton; 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, and the survey will begin in the summer of 2017.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99065M (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232203
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew J. Lehner, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Shiang-Yu Wang, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Charles Alcock, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Joel Castro, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Wen-Ping Chen, National Central Univ. (Taiwan)
You-Hua Chu, Institute for Astronomy and Astronomy (Taiwan)
Kem H. Cook, Institute for Astronomy and Astronomy (Taiwan)
Liliana Figueroa, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
John C. Geary, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Chung-Kai Huang, Institute for Astronomy and Astronomy (Taiwan)
Dae-Won Kim, Institute for Astronomy and Astronomy (Taiwan)
Timothy Norton, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Wei-Ling Yen, Institute for Astronomy and Astronomy (Taiwan)
Zhi-Wei Zhang, Institute for Astronomy and Astronomy (Taiwan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9906:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI
Helen J. Hall; Roberto Gilmozzi; Heather K. Marshall, Editor(s)

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