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7 September 2006 The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer: a high-sensitivity imaging array
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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.
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D. F. Buscher, E. J. Bakker, T. A. Coleman, M. J. Creech-Eakman, C. A. Haniff, C. A. Jurgenson, D. A. Klinglesmith, C. B. Parameswariah, and J. S. Young "The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer: a high-sensitivity imaging array", Proc. SPIE 6307, Unconventional Imaging II, 63070B (7 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.684422;


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