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Submm/FIR Astronomy in Antarctica: Potential for a large telescope facility

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 November 2008

V. Minier
Affiliation:
CEA Saclay/DSM/IRFU/Service d'Astrophysique, France
L. Olmi
Affiliation:
Osservatorio di Arcetri, INAF, Italy and University of Puerto Rico
P.-O. Lagage
Affiliation:
CEA Saclay/DSM/IRFU/Service d'Astrophysique, France
L. Spinoglio
Affiliation:
IFSI, INAF Roma, Italy
G.A. Durand
Affiliation:
CEA Saclay/DSM/IRFU/Service d'Astrophysique, France
E. Daddi
Affiliation:
CEA Saclay/DSM/IRFU/Service d'Astrophysique, France
D. Galilei
Affiliation:
IASF, INAF Bologna, Italy
H. Gallée
Affiliation:
LGGE, Grenoble, France
C. Kramer
Affiliation:
Universitaet zu Koeln, Germany
D. Marrone
Affiliation:
NRAO/University of Chicago, USA
E. Pantin
Affiliation:
CEA Saclay/DSM/IRFU/Service d'Astrophysique, France
L. Sabbatini
Affiliation:
Dipartimento di Fisica, Roma 3, Italy
N. Schneider
Affiliation:
CEA Saclay/DSM/IRFU/Service d'Astrophysique, France
N.F.H. Tothill
Affiliation:
Dept. of Physics, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
L. Valenziano
Affiliation:
IASF, INAF Bologna, Italy
C. Veyssière
Affiliation:
CEA Saclay/DSM/IRFU/SIS, France
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Abstract

Preliminary site testing datasets suggest that Dome C in Antarctica is one of the best sites on Earth for astronomical observations in the 200 to 500-μm regime, i.e. for far-infrared (FIR) and submillimetre (submm) astronomy. We present an overview of potential science cases that could be addressed with a large telescope facility at Dome C. This paper also includes a presentation of the current knowledge about the site characterics in terms of atmospheric transmission, stability, sky noise and polar constraints on telescopes. Current and future site testing campaigns are finally described.

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© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2008

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