Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Attilla Kovacs: The Universe seen through the eyes of a SHARC

Attilla Kovacs from Caltech gave the EUD seminar on results using the SHARC II array. This 2-D bolometer array built by Harvey Moseley's group is on the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory on Mauna Kea. The sky is so bright and variable at 350 microns that it is equivalent to observing a 16th mag star in the daytime. They use an iterative process involving successive max likelihood solutions for each process creating signal or noise in the image. Looking at a wide variety of objects from solar system to distant radio galaxies.

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