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

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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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