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Paper: The CHARA Array on Mt. Wilson: An Overview
Volume: 194, Working on the Fringe: Optical and IR Interferometry from Ground and Space
Page: 241
Authors: McAlister, H. A.
Abstract: Georgia State University's Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) is building an optical/IR interferometric array, The CHARA Array, on Mt. Wilson, California. The Array will consist of six 1-m aperture telescopes on alt-az mounts distributed along three 200-m long arms radiating from a central beam combination facility. The Array will operate at visible and K-band wavelengths and achieve limiting resolutions of 200 microarcsec and 1 milliarcsec in these regimes. Construction of all facilities will be completed in the fall of 1999. First fringe is expected during the summer of 1999 with all telescopes installed and construction finished the following fall. The Array will become fully operational in early 2001. The CHARA Array is funded by the National Science Foundation, Georgia State University, the W.M. Keck Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
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