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High-precision photometry with WIRCam at the CFHT
Author(s): Daniel Devost; Loïc Albert; Douglas Teeple; Bryce Croll
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Paper Abstract

We present a new observing mode using WirCam on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). The staring mode with WIRCam can observe a target for several hours on the same pixels of the array. This allows for characterization of the photometric variations of the target to less than 0.02%, or to a signal-to-Noise Ratio ≥ 5000. The technical challenges encountered to implement this mode are described as well as a simple model to estimate the idealized performance of this observing mode. Early results are also presented and compared to the models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7737, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III, 77372D (30 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856848
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel Devost, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)
Loïc Albert, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)
Douglas Teeple, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)
Bryce Croll, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7737:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III
David R. Silva; Alison B. Peck; B. Thomas Soifer, Editor(s)

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