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The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer: a high-sensitivity imaging array
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Paper Abstract

The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI) is a US federally funded project to construct the world's most ambitious optical/IR (0.6-2.4micron) imaging interferometer at a 10,500ft-altitude site in New Mexico. In its initial phase it will consist of 6 telescopes, each 1.4m in diameter, separated by distances ranging from 7.5m to 340m. A second phase will upgrade the interferometer to a 10-telescope configuration, allowing a "snapshot" imaging capability. The MROI will deliver images with sub-milliarcsecond angular resolutions while simultaneously providing images over 5-70 spectral sub-bands. A key feature is that the array will have sufficient sensitivity to image a wide range of targets, including extragalactic targets and, potentially, geosynchronous satellites. We report on the design and current status of the array.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6307, Unconventional Imaging II, 63070B (7 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.684422
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D. F. Buscher, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
E. J. Bakker, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
T. A. Coleman, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
M. J. Creech-Eakman, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
C. A. Haniff, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
C. A. Jurgenson, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
D. A. Klinglesmith, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
C. B. Parameswariah, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
J. S. Young, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6307:
Unconventional Imaging II
Victor L. Gamiz; Paul S. Idell; Marija S. Strojnik, Editor(s)

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