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Title: Status of the Dark Energy Survey Camera (DECam) Project

The Dark Energy Survey Collaboration has completed construction of the Dark Energy Camera (DECam), a 3 square degree, 570 Megapixel CCD camera which will be mounted on the Blanco 4-meter telescope at CTIO. DECam will be used to perform the 5000 sq. deg. Dark Energy Survey with 30% of the telescope time over a 5 year period. During the remainder of the time, and after the survey, DECam will be available as a community instrument. All components of DECam have been shipped to Chile and post-shipping checkout finished in Jan. 2012. Installation is in progress. A summary of lessons learned and an update of the performance of DECam and the status of the DECam installation and commissioning will be presented.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1044923
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-CONF-12-317-AE-E
TRN: US1203424
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at SPIE International Symposium on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, Kona, Hawaii, 20-27 Mar 1998
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batavia, IL
Sponsoring Org:
DOE Office of Science
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; CAMERAS; COMMISSIONING; CONSTRUCTION; PERFORMANCE; TELESCOPES; NONLUMINOUS MATTER Astrophysics