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Status of the amica project: ready for the antarctic adventure

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 December 2009

M. Dolci
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania Teramo, Italy
O. Straniero
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania Teramo, Italy
G. Di Rico
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania Teramo, Italy
M. Ragni
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania Teramo, Italy
G. Valentini
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania Teramo, Italy
A. Di Cianno
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania Teramo, Italy
C. Giuliani
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania Teramo, Italy
A. Valentini
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania Teramo, Italy
V. Taraschi
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania Teramo, Italy
F. Bortoletto
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy
M. D'Alessandro
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy
D. Magrin
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy
C. Bonoli
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy
D. Fantinel
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy
L. Corcione
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino, Italy
A. Riva
Affiliation:
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino, Italy
C. Abia
Affiliation:
Universidad de Granada, Spain
M. Busso
Affiliation:
Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy
G. Tosti
Affiliation:
Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy
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Abstract

The status of the AMICA project is reported. Final tests are currently running at Teramo Observatory before moving the instrument to Antarctica. AMICA is a camera equipped with two array detectors to perform astronomical imaging in the 2–28 μm band. It will be mounted at the IRAIT focal plane. Its very special feature is the antarctic operability. AMICA subsystems have been tested at typical antarctic conditions, in order to adopt technological solutions that ensure the correct operation of AMICA even on the antarctic plateau. Moreover, since human operations are not possible during the antarctic “winter", AMICA has been designed to operate in a completely automatic mode. AMICA is essentially aimed to demonstrate the potential of Antarctica for Infrared Astronomy and should therefore produce significant data, both for astronomy and site-testing. In addition, the experience gained in its technological development will be useful for building future astronomical instruments for extreme environment sites.

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