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20 October 2004 Remote observations with FLUOR and the CHARA Array
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Two years ago, the FLUOR interferometric beam combiner moved from IOTA (Infrared Optical Telescopes Array, Mount Hopkins, AZ) to the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) Array (Mount Wilson, CA). Apart from offering the largest baselines in the northern hemisphere, this array can be fully operated remotely to allow observations from a distant place. We present here the automations added to the FLUOR hardware, as well as software modifications made in order to allow us to observe from Paris Observatory. We required the remote service to be as reactive as local observations, implying frequent communications between the instrument and the remote observer. We took particular attention to the available bandwidth and reactivity imposed by the secured connection (Virtual Private Network). The first tests are presented.
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Antoine Merand, Mirel Birlan, Remi Lelu de Brach, and Vincent Coude du Foresto "Remote observations with FLUOR and the CHARA Array", Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004);

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