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Atmospheric phase correction using the CARMA paired antennas calibration system

Perez, Laura M. and Lamb, James W. and Woody, David P. and Zauderer, B. Ashley and Carpenter, John M. and Bolatto, Alberto D. and Leitch, Erik M. and Marrone, Daniel P. and Mundy, Lee G. and Plambeck, Richard L. and Teuben, Peter J. and Wright, Melvyn C. H. (2010) Atmospheric phase correction using the CARMA paired antennas calibration system. In: Ground-based and airborne telescopes III. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7733. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 77333T.

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High angular resolution observations are essential to understand a variety of astrophysical phenomena. The resolution of millimeter wave interferometers is limited by large and rapid differential atmospheric delay fluctuations. At the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA) we have employed a Paired Antenna Calibration System (C-PACS) for atmospheric phase compensation in the extended array configurations (up to 2 km baselines). We present a description of C-PACS and its application. We also present successful atmospheric delay corrections applied to science observations with dramatic improvements in sensitivity and angular resolution.

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Additional Information:© 2010 SPIE. Support for CARMA construction was derived from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, the Associates of the California Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago, the states of California, Illinois, and Maryland, and the National Science Foundation. Ongoing CARMA development and operations are supported by the National Science Foundation under a cooperative agreement, and by the CARMA partner universities. LMP acknowledges support for graduate studies through a Fulbright-CONICYT scholarship.
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Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris FoundationUNSPECIFIED
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University of ChicagoUNSPECIFIED
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Subject Keywords:CARMA; C-PACS; atmospheric phase measurement and compensation; millimeter wavelength seeing
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:7733
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Official Citation:Laura M. Pérez ; James W. Lamb ; David P. Woody ; B. Ashley Zauderer ; John M. Carpenter ; Alberto D. Bolatto ; Erik M. Leitch ; Daniel P. Marrone ; Lee G. Mundy ; Richard L. Plambeck ; Peter J. Teuben and Melvyn C. H. Wright "Atmospheric phase correction using the CARMA paired antennas calibration system", Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77333T (August 05, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.857408;
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Deposited On:16 Mar 2011 22:41
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