At the kind invitation of Dr. Chas Beichman, Director of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, members of the CHARA collaboration gathered at Caltech in Pasadena for a three-day review of scientific and technical progress made during 2009. That year was a particularly significant one for CHARA as well as for Mount Wilson Observatory as a result of the dire threat posed by the Station Fire during August and September followed by extensive road closures resulting from rock and mud slides. Although CHARA science operations were significantly interrupted by those events, 2009 was still a productive year with significant advances on a number of fronts including new beam combiners and imaging achievements.

The scientific program was organized by Dr. Theo ten Brummelaar, CHARA's Associate Director. We particularly thank Dr. Rachel Akeson of NExScI for her efforts in providing the excellent local support enjoyed by the participants in this meeting.

The participants in "CHARA Year Six" are shown in the photograph and key below. We were pleased to see additional Caltech and JPL people dropping in during the course of the meeting.

Copies of the presentation materials, arranged according to the meeting agenda, are linked below.

Group photo

List of talks

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 | CHARA Instrumentation and Observing Updates

Topic Speaker
CHARA Classic Throughput Theo ten Brummelaar, GSU/CHARA, Mount Wilson
Developments in the CHARA Lab Judit Sturmann, GSU/CHARA, Mount Wilson
Telescope Alignment Laszlo Sturmann, GSU/CHARA, Mount Wilson
Weather and Seeing Statistics Nils Turner, GSU/CHARA, Mount Wilson
MIRC/CHAMP Status and Uptdates Fabien Baron, UM, Ann Arbor
FLUOR Instrumentation Benjamin Mollier, Paris Obs., Meudon
VEGA: Status and Future Plans Denis Mourard, OCA, Nice
VLTI Update and A Proposal for Optical 'Self-Cal' Gerard van Belle, ESO, Garching
Keck Interferometer: Status and Update Sam Ragland, KI, Waimaia
Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer Michelle Creech-Eakman, MRO, Socorro
SUSI Update Michael Ireland, U. Sydney, Sydney
NPOI Progress Since SPIE 2008 Don Hutter, USNO, Flagstaff
Station Fire Larry Webster, GSU/CHARA, Mount Wilson
Observers Reports 2009 P.J. Goldfinger, GSU/CHARA, Mount Wilson


Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | CHARA Instrumentation and Observing Updates (cont.):

Topic Speaker
CHARA Community Access Experiment Steve Ridgway, NOAO, Tucson
CHARA Future Directions Steve Ridgway, NOAO, Tucson


Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | Science from the CHARA Array:

Topic Speaker
FLUOR Science Vincent Foresto, Paris Obs., Meudon
PAVO Science and Instrument Review Michael Ireland, U. Sydney, Sydney
VEGA Science Update: Fundamental Parameters Nicolas Nardette, OCA, Nice
MIRC Closure Phase Studies for Detection of Hot Jupiters Ming Zhao, JPL, Pasadena
Exoplanet Host and K Giant Star Project Status Ellyn Baines, NRL, Washington
lambda Andromedae Imaging Status Rob Parks, GSU/CHARA, Atlanta
Algol with MIRC Fabien Baron, UM, Ann Arbor
Masses and Radii of Young Stars Russel White, GSU/CHARA, Atlanta
Self-Calibrating Multiple Systems David O'Brien, GSU/CHARA, Atlanta
A Survey of Stellar Families Multiplicity of Solar-Type Stars Deepak Raghavan, GSU/CHARA, Atlanta
Separated Fringe Packet Binary Star Program Chris Farrington, GSU/CHARA, Mount Wilson
CHARA/MIRC Imaging: Recent Progress in Understanding &epsilon Aurigae Robert Stencel, U. Denver


Thursday, March 11, 2010 | Science from the CHARA Array (cont.):

Topic Speaker
Be Star Observations with CLASSIC and MIRC Yamina Touhami, GSU/CHARA, Atlanta
Monitoring Changes in Be Star Disks Using MIRC Gail Schaefer, GSU/CHARA, Mount Wilson
Be Star Observations with VEGA/CHARA Omar, Delaa, OCA, Nice
Infrared Observations of Young Stellar Objects at CHARA Rafael Millan-Gabet, NExScI, Pasadena
TW Hya: Where's the Gap? Rachel Akeson, NExScI, Pasadena
Fundamental Parameters of Low-Mass Stars Kaspar von Braun, NExScI, Pasadena
Mass Loss Constraints for Massive Stars with the CHARA Array Noel Richardson, GSU/CHARA, Atlanta