The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI), a 10-telescope optical/near-IR interferometer with baselines ranging from 7.8 to 343 meters, has been conceived to be the most ambitious optical/NIR interferometric array under construction to date. U.S. Congressional, N.M. State and university funding (from NM Tech and partner funding at the University of Cambridge) attained from 2000-13 provided for a nearly complete system design, installation of a large portion of the physical infrastructure at the Magdalena Ridge, the first telescope, delay line, fringe tracker and many other necessary sub-systems. New funding has recently been obtained under a cooperative agreement between NM Tech and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to bring the facility to three fully operational telescopes and associated hardware such that first fringes and closure phase will be realized within 5 years. The completed facility will be able to provide support for observing geosynchronous satellites as well as many exciting observations of astronomical targets. An update on the MROI status, plans moving forward for the next 5 years, and some examples of observational applications feasible at different phases of the array's completion will be presented.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #227
- Pub Date:
- January 2016