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The Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II)
Author(s): Matthew J. Lehner; Shiang-Yu Wang; Charles A. Alcock; Kem H. Cook; Gabor Furesz; John C. Geary; David Hiriart; Paul T. Ho; William Lee; Frank Melsheimer; Timothy Norton; Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz; Michael Richer; 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 Solar System 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 Astron´omico Nacional at San Pedro Martir in Baja California, Mexico. 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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84440D (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925541
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew J. Lehner, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Shiang-Yu Wang, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Charles A. Alcock, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Kem H. Cook, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Gabor Furesz, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
John C. Geary, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
David Hiriart, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Paul T. Ho, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
William Lee, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Frank Melsheimer, DFM Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Timothy Norton, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Michael Richer, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Wei-Ling Yen, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Zhi-Wei Zhang, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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