22 July 2014 Status of the Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II)
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The Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II) will aim to detect occultations of stars by small (~1 km diameter) objects in the Kuiper Belt 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 Astronómico Nacional at San Pedro Mártir in Baja California, México. 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. Construction of the site began in the fall of 2013.
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Matthew J. Lehner, Matthew J. Lehner, Shiang-Yu Wang, Shiang-Yu Wang, Charles A. Alcock, Charles A. Alcock, Kem H. Cook, Kem H. Cook, Gabor Furesz, Gabor Furesz, John C. Geary, John C. Geary, David Hiriart, David Hiriart, Paul T. Ho, Paul T. Ho, William H. Lee, William H. Lee, Frank Melsheimer, Frank Melsheimer, Timothy Norton, Timothy Norton, Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz, Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz, Michael Richer, Michael Richer, Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Wei-Ling Yen, Wei-Ling Yen, Zhi-Wei Zhang, Zhi-Wei Zhang, } "Status of the Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II)", Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 914513 (22 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054853; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2054853
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