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Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 92, Issue 1–4, pp 459–464 | Cite as

TAOS: The Taiwanese–American Occultation Survey

  • C. Alcock
  • R. Dave
  • J. Giammarco
  • J. Goldader
  • M. Lehner
  • S.-K. King
  • T. Lee
  • A. Wang
  • S.-Y. Wang
  • C.-Y. Wen
  • W. P. Chen
  • K. Cook
  • S. Marshall
  • R. Porrata
  • Y.-I. Byun
  • I. de Pater
  • J. Rice
  • J. Lissauer
Article

Abstract

The Taiwanese–American Occultation Survey (TAOS) seeks to determinethe number and size spectrum for small (∼3 km) bodies in the KuiperBelt. This will be accomplished by searching for the brief occultations of brightstars (R∼14) by these objects. We have designed and built a specialpurpose photometric monitoring system for this purpose. TAOS comprisesfour 50 cm telescopes, each equipped with a 2048×2048 pixel CCDcamera, in a compact array located in the central highlands of Taiwan. TAOSwill monitor up to 3,000 stars at 5 Hz. The system will go into scientificoperation at the end of 003.

Keywords

Monitoring System Size Spectrum Central Highland Compact Array Photometric Monitoring 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Alcock
    • 1
  • R. Dave
    • 1
  • J. Giammarco
    • 1
  • J. Goldader
    • 1
  • M. Lehner
    • 1
  • S.-K. King
    • 2
  • T. Lee
    • 2
  • A. Wang
    • 2
  • S.-Y. Wang
    • 2
  • C.-Y. Wen
    • 2
  • W. P. Chen
    • 3
  • K. Cook
    • 4
  • S. Marshall
    • 4
  • R. Porrata
    • 4
  • Y.-I. Byun
    • 5
  • I. de Pater
    • 6
  • J. Rice
    • 6
  • J. Lissauer
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of PennsylvaniaUSA
  2. 2.Academia SinicaInstitutes for Astronomy and AstrophysicsTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of AstronomyNational Central UniversityChung-LiTaiwan
  4. 4.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA
  5. 5.Yonsei University ObservatorySeoulSouth Korea
  6. 6.University of CaliforniaBerkeley, CAUSA
  7. 7.NASA Ames Research CenterMountain View, CAUSA

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