Status of the taos project and a simulator for tno occultation

Sun Kun King, Charles Alcock, Tim Axelrod, Federica B. Bianco, Yong-Ik Byun, Wen Ping Chen, Kem H. Cook, Yung Hsin Chang, Rahul Dave, Joseph Giammarco, Typhoon Lee, Matthew Lehner, Jack Lissauer, Stuart Marshall, Soumen Mondal, Imke De Pater, Rodin Porrata, John Rice, Megan E. Schwamb, Andrew WangShiang Yu Wang, Chih Yi Wen, Zhi Wei Zhang

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Abstract

The majority of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) are probably small comets beyond the orbit of Neptune. A study of TNOs may enable a better understanding of the origin of short-period comets and of the process of planet formation and the early history of the solar system. An occultation survey is currently the only way to detect these objects down to a size of a few kilometers at such a distance. The status of the Taiwan-America Occultation Survey (TAOS) project is reported. In order to monitor thousands of stars on the order of a fraction of a second using CCD cameras, a novel CCD readout technique, the '‘shutterless zipper mode,'’ is applied. Two predicted asteroid occultation events were successfully observed. Instead of a simple number count of occultation events, an interpretation of a TNO occultation survey result can be obtained by using the simulator described here. Through comparison of the results from an observation and from our simulator, a specific astronomical or astrophysical model can be constrained.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Geosciences
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 3: Planetary Science (PS)
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Pages357-358
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9789812707192
ISBN (Print)9789812569837
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 1

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King, S. K., Alcock, C., Axelrod, T., Bianco, F. B., Byun, Y-I., Chen, W. P., ... Zhang, Z. W. (2006). Status of the taos project and a simulator for tno occultation. In Advances in Geosciences: Volume 3: Planetary Science (PS) (pp. 357-358). World Scientific Publishing Co.. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789812707192_0032
King, Sun Kun ; Alcock, Charles ; Axelrod, Tim ; Bianco, Federica B. ; Byun, Yong-Ik ; Chen, Wen Ping ; Cook, Kem H. ; Chang, Yung Hsin ; Dave, Rahul ; Giammarco, Joseph ; Lee, Typhoon ; Lehner, Matthew ; Lissauer, Jack ; Marshall, Stuart ; Mondal, Soumen ; De Pater, Imke ; Porrata, Rodin ; Rice, John ; Schwamb, Megan E. ; Wang, Andrew ; Wang, Shiang Yu ; Wen, Chih Yi ; Zhang, Zhi Wei. / Status of the taos project and a simulator for tno occultation. Advances in Geosciences: Volume 3: Planetary Science (PS). World Scientific Publishing Co., 2006. pp. 357-358
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King SK, Alcock C, Axelrod T, Bianco FB, Byun Y-I, Chen WP et al. Status of the taos project and a simulator for tno occultation. In Advances in Geosciences: Volume 3: Planetary Science (PS). World Scientific Publishing Co. 2006. p. 357-358 https://doi.org/10.1142/9789812707192_0032