March 11, 2024: Charting Quantum Horizons: Establishing a Roadmap for Microarcsecond Astronomy

March 12-14, 2024: CHARA Science Meeting

The 2024 CHARA Science Meeting will be hosted by NOIRLab at the Graduate Hotel in Tucson, AZ on March 12-14, 2024. The meeting will bring together the CHARA community to discuss recent science results and technical developments at the CHARA Array. The meeting will include updates on new beam combiners and progress on adding a mobile 7th telescope to the Array. We welcome participation from those in the CHARA consortium and the growing community of open access observers.

Hybrid format: Participants can attend and deliver talks either in-person or online via webex.


Prior to the Science Meeting there will be a special forward-looking workshop on Charting Quantum Horizons: Establishing a Roadmap for Microarcsecond Astronomy on March 11, 2024. This one-day workshop will discuss the applications of quantum technology for interferometry and will also be held at the Graduate Hotel in Tucson. We encourage your participation.


Left: Photo montage of the facilities of NSF’s NOIRLab (NOIRLab/AURA/NSF/P. Marenfeld). Right: Aerial photo of the CHARA Array at Mount Wilson Observatory (Nic Scott).



There will be a registration fee ($80 for faculty/staff, $40 for students) for in-person participants. Virtual participation is free.

Link for registration - Register and submit a title for your talk or poster by February 9, 2024.

Link for payment - Registration fee payment due by March 1st, 2024.



List of Registered Participants



Program for the 2024 CHARA Science Meeting

Talks: For talk presenters, a CHARA Power Point Template is available if you are interested in using it. You are also welcome to use a different design if you prefer.

Posters: For poster presenters, please bring your printed poster with you to the workshop. We will provide easels, poster boards, and materials to attach. The “normal” poster size is 20”x26” (either portrait of landscape orientation).

Poster Pop Session: On Wednesday, March 13, we will have a Poster Pop session. Each poster presenter can present one slide and give a 2-minute overview.  Contact Gail Schaefer to reserve a spot during this session.



The CHARA Science Meeting will be held at the Graduate Hotel in Tucson, AZ. The Graduate is located conveniently adjacent to the University of Arizona campus.



There will be a reception at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 12th at the NOIRLab patio located 950 N Cherry Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719. Participants and their guests are welcome.



We obtained a block booking at the Graduate Hotel Tucson, for the per diem rate of $169/night. Please use this link to reserve your room:

Quantum/CHARA 2024 Meeting Graduate Tucson Hotel Reservation Booking Link

Please note: The cutoff date to make your reservation is **February 26, 2024**

To make over the phone reservations, please call 844-888-4723 and inform the agent you would like to book with the “Quantum/CHARA 2024 Meeting”. The booking agent will then take it from there.



The Tucson Stage Coach offers shuttles to and from the Tucson Airport. Uber and Lyft are also available.



We are arranging two optional excursions on the afternoon of Thursday, March 14: a tour of the University of Arizona Mirror Lab or a trip to Kitt Peak Observatory. Please sign up for either of these options using the following form: Excursion Sign Up Form. The sign up sheet will be open until available spaces are filled.


Local Organizing Committee

We are grateful to our hosts from NSF's NOIRLab and the Local Organizing Committee for their help in organizing the meeting.

Local Organizing Committee: Ryan Lau, Jessica Harris, Stephen Ridgway, Alicia Rice

Science Organizing Committee: Douglas Gies, Jeremy Jones, Jayadev Rajagopal, Gail Schaefer, Nic Scott