Matthew Lehner (ASIAA); Shiang-Yu Wang (ASIAA); Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz (UNAM); Charles Alcock (CfA); Joel Castro Chacón (UNAM); Wen-Ping Chen (NCU); You-Hua Chu (ASIAA); Kem H. Cook (ASIAA); Liliana Figueroa (UNAM); John C. Geary (CfA); Benjamin Hernandez (U
The Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II) will aim to detect occultations of stars by small (~1 km diameter) objects in the Kuiper Belt and beyond. Such events are very rare (<0.001 events per star per year) and short in duration (~200 ms), so many stars must be monitored at a high readout cadence. TAOS II will operate three 1.3 meter telescopes at the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional at San Pedro Mártir in Baja California, México. With a 2.3 square degree field of view and a high speed camera comprising CMOS imagers, the survey will monitor 10,000 stars simultaneously with all three telescopes at a readout cadence of 20 Hz. Construction of the site began in the fall of 2013 and was completed this summer. Telescope installation was completed in 2017 October, and the science cameras will be delivered in the summer of 2018. In this talk I will describe the scientific goals for the project, give a technical overview of the survey, and discuss the plans to commence science operations.