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Remote observations with FLUOR and the CHARA Array
Author(s): Antoine Merand; Mirel Birlan; Remi Lelu de Brach; Vincent Coude du Foresto
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Paper Abstract

Two years ago, the FLUOR interferometric beam combiner moved from IOTA (Infrared Optical Telescopes Array, Mount Hopkins, AZ) to the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) Array (Mount Wilson, CA). Apart from offering the largest baselines in the northern hemisphere, this array can be fully operated remotely to allow observations from a distant place. We present here the automations added to the FLUOR hardware, as well as software modifications made in order to allow us to observe from Paris Observatory. We required the remote service to be as reactive as local observations, implying frequent communications between the instrument and the remote observer. We took particular attention to the available bandwidth and reactivity imposed by the secured connection (Virtual Private Network). The first tests are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550758
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Antoine Merand, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Mirel Birlan, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Remi Lelu de Brach, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Vincent Coude du Foresto, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5491:
New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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