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24 July 1998 Progress on the CHARA array
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The Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) at Georgia State University is building an interferometric array of telescopes for high resolution imaging at optical and infrared wavelengths. The "CHARA Array" will initially consist offive 1-rn diameter telescopes arranged in a Y-shaped configuration with a maximum baseline of approximately 350 m. The facility is being constructed on Mt. Wilson, near Pasadena, California, a site noted for stable atmospheric conditions that often gives rise to exceptional image quality. The Array will be capable of submilliarcsecond imaging and will be devoted to a broad program of science aimed at fundamental stellar astrophysics in the visible and the astrophysics of young stellar objects in the infrared (2.2μm) spectral regions. This project is being funded in approximately 50/50% shares by Georgia State University and the National Science Foundation. The CHARA Array is expected to become operational during 1999. This paper presents a project status report. An extensive collection of project reports and images are available at our website (http://www.chara.gsu.edu).
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