AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 24 Observatories and Observing Conditions: Optical to X-rays
Oral, Monday, January 5, 2004, 10:00-11:30am, Centennial III

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[24.03] The Magdalena Ridge Optical Interferometer and its Science Drivers

M. J. Creech-Eakman (New Mexico Tech), D. Buscher (Univ of Cambridge), M. Chang (Univ of Puerto Rico), C. Haniff (Univ of Cambridge), P. Howell (New Mexico Tech), A. Jorgensen, B. Laubscher (Los Alamos National Labs), G. Loos, V. Romero, M. Sirota, S. Teare (New Mexico Tech), D. Voelz (New Mexico State Univ), D. Westpfahl (New Mexico Tech)

We will present a brief overview of the Magdalena Ridge Optical Interferometer (MROI), to be built at an altitude of 10,000 feet just outside of Socorro, NM. The basic architecture of the system will include 8-10 1.4-m class telescopes, detectors operating over the 600 nm to 2.5 micron range, with relocatable telescopes capable of resolving sources in the 30 milliarcsecond to 75 microarcsecond spatial regime. We will present our primary science goals and demonstrate how the planned array will provide spectacular, model-independent images for a wide variety of sources. The MROI is being built by a consortium of members including New Mexico Tech, the University of Cambridge, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Highlands University, the University of Puerto Rico, Los Alamos National Labs, and the Naval Research Labs. We are following an aggressive schedule and anticipate first light on the first baseline in late 2007.

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