Status of the Dark Energy Survey Camera (DECam) Project

Brenna L. Flaugher, Timothy M.C. Abbott, Robert Angstadt, Jim Annis, Michelle L. Antonik, Jim Bailey, Otger Ballester, Joseph P. Bernstein, Rebbeca Bernstein, Marco Bonati, Gale Bremer, Jorge Briones, David Brooks, Elizabeth J. Buckley-Geer, Juila Campa, Laia Cardiel-Sas, Franciso Castander, Javier Castilla, Herman Cease, Steve ChappaEdward C. Chi, Luis Da Costa, Darren L. DePoy, Gregory Derylo, Juan De Vicente, H. Thomas Diehl, Peter Doel, Juan Estrada, Jacob Eiting, Anne E. Elliott, David A. Finley, Rolando Flores, Josh Frieman, Enrique Gaztanaga, David Gerdes, Mike Gladders, V. Guarino, G. Gutierrez, Jim Grudzinski, Bill Hanlon, Jiangang Hao, Steve Holland, Klaus Honscheid, Dave Huffman, Cheryl Jackson, Michelle Jonas, Inga Karliner, Daekwang Kau, Steve Kent, Mark Kozlovsky, Kurt Krempetz, John Krider, Donna Kubik, Kyler W. Kuehn, Stephen E. Kuhlmann, Kevin Kuk, Ofer Lahav, Nick Langellier, Andrew Lathrop, Peter M. Lewis, Huan Lin, Wolfgang Lorenzon, Gustavo Martínez, Timothy McKay, Wyatt Merritt, Mark Meyer, Ramon Miquel, Jim Morgan, Peter Moore, Todd Moore, Eric Neilsen, Brian Nord, R. Ogando, Jamieson Olsen, Kenneth Patton, John Peoples, Andres Plazas, Tao Qian, Natalie Roe, Aaron Roodman, B. Rossetto, E. Sanchez, Marcelle Soares-Santos, Vic Scarpine, Terry Schalk, Rafe Schindler, Ricardo Schmidt, Richard Schmitt, Mike Schubnell, Kenneth Schultz, M. Selen, Santiago Serrano, Terri Shaw, Vaidis Simaitis, Jean Slaughter, R. Christopher Smith, Hal Spinka, Andy Stefanik, Walter Stuermer, Adam Sypniewski, Rick Talaga, Greg Tarle, Jon Thaler, Doug Tucker, Alistair R. Walker, Curtis Weaverdyck, William Wester, Robert J. Woods, Sue Worswick, Allen Zhao

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
StatePublished - 2012
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 1 2012Jul 6 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV


  • Blanco
  • CCD
  • CTIO
  • Camera
  • Dark energy
  • Imaging
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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