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Status of the Dark Energy Survey Camera (DECam) project
Author(s): Brenna L. Flaugher; Timothy M. C. Abbott; Robert Angstadt; Jim Annis; Michelle L. Antonik; Jim Bailey; Otger Ballester; Joseph P. Bernstein; Rebecca A. Bernstein; Marco Bonati; Gale Bremer; Jorge Briones; David Brooks; Elizabeth J. Buckley-Geer; Juila Campa; Laia Cardiel-Sas; Francisco Castander; Javier Castilla; Herman Cease; Steve Chappa; Edward C. Chi; Luis da Costa; Darren L. DePoy; Gregory Derylo; Juan de Vincente; H. Thomas Diehl; Peter Doel; Juan Estrada; Jacob Eiting; Anne E. Elliott; David A. Finley; Rolando Flores; Josh Frieman; Enrique Gaztanaga; David Gerdes; Mike Gladders; V. Guarino; G. Gutierrez; Jim Grudzinski; Bill Hanlon; Jiangang Hao; Steve Holland; Klaus Honscheid; Dave Huffman; Cheryl Jackson; Michelle Jonas; Inga Karliner; Daekwang Kau; Steve Kent; Mark Kozlovsky; Kurt Krempetz; John Krider; Donna Kubik; Kyler Kuehn; Steve E. Kuhlmann; Kevin Kuk; Ofer Lahav; Nick Langellier; Andrew Lathrop; Peter M. Lewis; Huan Lin; Wolfgang Lorenzon; Gustavo Martinez; Timothy McKay; Wyatt Merritt; Mark Meyer; Ramon Miquel; Jim Morgan; Peter Moore; Todd Moore; Eric Neilsen; Brian Nord; Ricardo Ogando; Jamieson Olson; Kenneth Patton; John Peoples; Andres Plazas; Tao Qian; Natalie Roe; Aaron Roodman; B. Rossetto; E. Sanchez; Marcelle Soares-Santos; Vic Scarpine; Terry Schalk; Rafe Schindler; Ricardo Schmidt; Richard Schmitt; Mike Schubnell; Kenneth Schultz; M. Selen; Santiago Serrano; Terri Shaw; Vaidas Simaitis; Jean Slaughter; R. Christopher Smith; Hal Spinka; Andy Stefanik; Walter Stuermer; Adam Sypniewski; R. Talaga; Greg Tarle; Jon Thaler; Doug Tucker; Alistair R. Walker; Curtis Weaverdyck; William Wester; Robert J. Woods; Sue Worswick; Allen Zhao
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Paper Abstract

The Dark Energy Survey Collaboration has completed construction of the Dark Energy Camera (DECam), a 3 square degree, 570 Megapixel CCD camera which will be mounted on the Blanco 4-meter telescope at CTIO. DECam will be used to perform the 5000 sq. deg. Dark Energy Survey with 30% of the telescope time over a 5 year period. During the remainder of the time, and after the survey, DECam will be available as a community instrument. All components of DECam have been shipped to Chile and post-shipping checkout finished in Jan. 2012. Installation is in progress. A summary of lessons learned and an update of the performance of DECam and the status of the DECam installation and commissioning will be presented.

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Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 844611 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926216
Show Author Affiliations
Brenna L. Flaugher, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Timothy M. C. Abbott, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Robert Angstadt, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Jim Annis, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Michelle L. Antonik, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Jim Bailey, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Otger Ballester, Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (Spain)
Joseph P. Bernstein, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Rebecca A. Bernstein, UCO/Lick Observatory (United States)
Marco Bonati, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Gale Bremer, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Jorge Briones, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
David Brooks, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Elizabeth J. Buckley-Geer, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Juila Campa, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
Laia Cardiel-Sas, Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (Spain)
Francisco Castander, Institut de Ciències de l'Espai, CSIC (Spain)
Javier Castilla, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
Herman Cease, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Steve Chappa, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Edward C. Chi, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Luis da Costa, Observatório Nacional (Brazil)
Darren L. DePoy, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Gregory Derylo, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Juan de Vincente, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
H. Thomas Diehl, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Peter Doel, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Juan Estrada, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Jacob Eiting, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Anne E. Elliott, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
David A. Finley, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Rolando Flores, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Josh Frieman, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Enrique Gaztanaga, Institut de Ciències de l'Espai, CSIC (Spain)
David Gerdes, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Mike Gladders, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
V. Guarino, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
G. Gutierrez, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Jim Grudzinski, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Bill Hanlon, Univ. of Illinois (United States)
Jiangang Hao, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Steve Holland, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Klaus Honscheid, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Dave Huffman, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Cheryl Jackson, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Michelle Jonas, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Inga Karliner, Univ. of Illinois (United States)
Daekwang Kau, Univ. of Illinois (United States)
Steve Kent, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Mark Kozlovsky, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Kurt Krempetz, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
John Krider, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Donna Kubik, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Kyler Kuehn, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Steve E. Kuhlmann, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Kevin Kuk, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Ofer Lahav, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Nick Langellier, Univ. of Illinois (United States)
Andrew Lathrop, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Peter M. Lewis, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Huan Lin, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Wolfgang Lorenzon, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Gustavo Martinez, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
Timothy McKay, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Wyatt Merritt, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Mark Meyer, Univ. of Illinois (United States)
Ramon Miquel, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Jim Morgan, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Peter Moore, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Todd Moore, Univ. of Illinois (United States)
Eric Neilsen, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Brian Nord, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Ricardo Ogando, Observatório Nacional (Brazil)
Jamieson Olson, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Kenneth Patton, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
John Peoples, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Andres Plazas, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Tao Qian, Univ. of Illinois (United States)
Natalie Roe, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Aaron Roodman, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
B. Rossetto, Observatório Nacional (Brazil)
E. Sanchez, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
Marcelle Soares-Santos, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Vic Scarpine, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Terry Schalk, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Rafe Schindler, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Ricardo Schmidt, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Richard Schmitt, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Mike Schubnell, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Kenneth Schultz, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
M. Selen, Univ. of Illinois (United States)
Santiago Serrano, Institut de Ciències de l'Espai, CSIC (Spain)
Terri Shaw, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Vaidas Simaitis, Univ. of Illinois (United States)
Jean Slaughter, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
R. Christopher Smith, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Hal Spinka, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Andy Stefanik, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Walter Stuermer, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Adam Sypniewski, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
R. Talaga, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Greg Tarle, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Jon Thaler, Univ. of Illinois (United States)
Doug Tucker, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Alistair R. Walker, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Curtis Weaverdyck, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
William Wester, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Robert J. Woods, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Sue Worswick, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Allen Zhao, Argonne National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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