24 July 2014 Making the CHARA Array, Part III: engineering decisions. to build or not to build
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The CHARA Array has been a PI led, low budget, and low manpower operation, and has followed a fairly unconventional path in its development. In this, the third paper of a series of three, we discuss some of the engineering and design decisions made along the way, some right and some wrong, with a focus on the choice between in-house development and the purchase of pre-built, or sub-contracted, subsystems. Along with these issues we will also address a few parts of the system that we might have done differently given our current knowledge, and those that somehow turned out very well.
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Theo A. ten Brummelaar, Harold A. McAlister, Stephen Ridgway, "Making the CHARA Array, Part III: engineering decisions. to build or not to build", Proc. SPIE 9146, Optical and Infrared Interferometry IV, 91460F (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056653; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056653
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