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The CHARA array on Mt. Wilson, California
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Paper Abstract

Georgia State University's Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) is building an interferometric array of telescopes for high resolution imaging at optical and infrared wavelengths. The `CHARA Array' consists of six 1-m diameter telescopes arranged in a Y-shaped configuration with a maximum baseline of approximately 350 m. Construction of the facility will be completed during 2000, and the project will enter a phase in which beam combination subsystems will be brought on line concurrently with initial scientific investigations. This paper provides an update on recent progress, including our reaching the significant milestone of `first fringes' in November 1999. An extensive collection of project technical reports and images are available at our website.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 July 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4006, Interferometry in Optical Astronomy, (5 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390241
Show Author Affiliations
Harold A. McAlister, CHARA/Georgia State Univ. (United States)
William G. Bagnuolo, CHARA/Georgia State Univ. (United States)
Theo Armand ten Brummelaar, CHARA/Georgia State Univ. (United States)
Robert Cadman, CHARA/Georgia State Univ. (United States)
C. H. Hopper, CHARA/Georgia State Univ. (United States)
Stephen T. Ridgway, CHARA/Georgia State Univ. and National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
Eric J. Simison, Sea West Enterprises, Inc. (United States)
Mark A. Shure, CHARA/Georgia State Univ. (United States)
Laszlo Sturmann, CHARA/Georgia State Univ. (United States)
Nils Henning Turner, CHARA/Georgia State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4006:
Interferometry in Optical Astronomy
Pierre J. Lena; Andreas Quirrenbach, Editor(s)

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