AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 38 Robotic Astronomical Observatories
Topical Oral, Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 8:30-10:00am and 10:45am-12:30pm, 209/210

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[38.06] Building and operating the Automated Telescope Array for the Taiwanese-American Occultation Survey (TAOS)

S. Marshall, K. Cook, R. Porrata (LLNL), C. Alcock, R. Dave, J. Giammarco, M. Lehner (UPenn), W.-P. Chen (NCU), T. Lee, S.-K. King, A. Wang, S.-Y. Wang, C.-Y. Wen (ASIAA), Y.-I. Byun (Yonsei), I. de Pater, C. Liang, J. Rice (UC Berkeley), J. Lissauer (ARC)

The Taiwanese-American Occultation Survey (TAOS) is a program dedicated to performing a survey of small objects (<10 km) in the trans-Neptunian Region of the Solar System by detecting the occultations of bright stars by these objects.

To carry this out, we have developed an automated observatory, based on an array of four small, (50 cm), telescopes, each equipped with a 2048x2048 pixel CCD camera. The telescopes will operate in tandem fashion, coupled to a real-time analysis pipeline designed to monitor ~2000 stars simultaneously at ~5 Hz.

This system is partially installed at a site in the central highlands of Taiwan. An overview of the system components, software architecture, and some of the challenges encountered will be presented.

This project is supported by DOE (at LLNL), NASA (at UPenn), Academia Sinica (at ASIAA), NSC (at NCU), and KRF (at Yonsei).

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: marshall9@llnl.gov

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