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The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer: 2014 status update

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Creech-Eakman, MJ 
Romero, V 
Payne, I 
Haniff, CA 
Buscher, DF 


The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer has been designed to be a 10 × 1.4 m aperture long-baseline optical/near-infrared interferometer in an equilateral "Y" configuration, and is being deployed west of Socorro, NM on the Magdalena Ridge. Unfortunately, first light for the facility has been delayed due to the current difficult funding regime, but during the past two years we have made substantial progress on many of the key subsystems for the array. The design of all these subsystems is largely complete, and laboratory assembly and testing, and the installation and site acceptance testing of key components on the Ridge are now underway. This paper serves as an overview and update on the facility's present status and changes since 2012, and the plans for future activities and eventual operations of the facilities. © (2014) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.



Optical interferometer, telescope facilities, high-resolution imaging, fringe tracking, beam combiners, delay lines, alignment systems

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Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

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SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation

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The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the State of New Mexico, and New Mexico Tech with previous funding from the Navy Research Laboratory (NRL, agreement no. N00173-01-2-C902).