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5 July 2000 The CHARA array on Mt. Wilson, California
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Georgia State University's Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) is building an interferometric array of telescopes for high resolution imaging at optical and infrared wavelengths. The `CHARA Array' consists of six 1-m diameter telescopes arranged in a Y-shaped configuration with a maximum baseline of approximately 350 m. Construction of the facility will be completed during 2000, and the project will enter a phase in which beam combination subsystems will be brought on line concurrently with initial scientific investigations. This paper provides an update on recent progress, including our reaching the significant milestone of `first fringes' in November 1999. An extensive collection of project technical reports and images are available at our website.
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Harold A. McAlister, William G. Bagnuolo Jr., Theo Armand ten Brummelaar, Robert Cadman, C. H. Hopper, Stephen T. Ridgway, Eric J. Simison, Mark A. Shure, Laszlo Sturmann, and Nils Henning Turner "The CHARA array on Mt. Wilson, California", Proc. SPIE 4006, Interferometry in Optical Astronomy, (5 July 2000);


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