27 July 2016 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, and the survey will begin in the summer of 2017.
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Matthew J. Lehner, Shiang-Yu Wang, Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz, Charles Alcock, Joel Castro, Wen-Ping Chen, You-Hua Chu, Kem H. Cook, Liliana Figueroa, John C. Geary, Chung-Kai Huang, Dae-Won Kim, Timothy Norton, Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Wei-Ling Yen, Zhi-Wei Zhang, "Status of the Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II)", Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99065M (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232203; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232203
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