Instrumental Characteristics of CCD at CUREA, 2015

In the month of June 2015 I visited the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, USA to attend an international summer astronomy programme called CUREA (Consortium for Undergraduate Research and Education in Astronomy).

This was my 1st project during undergraduation and I worked on finding the characteristics of CCD cameras used at Mount Wilson. Quite often one needs to characterize CCD cameras to know about their performance before employing them for taking astronomical observations.

With Prof. Paula Turner from Kenyon College, Ohio and Prof. Bob Buccheim I worked on finding important characteristics such as gain, linearity, thermal noise and photometric transformation coefficients for the BVRI filters used.

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Pictures at the 16 inch observatory where students worked on night sky projects.

 

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