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AMICA: The First camera for Near- and Mid-Infrared Astronomical Imaging at Dome C

  • N. Epchtein, M. Candidi, O. Straniero (a1), M. Dolci (a1), A. Valentini (a1), G. Valentini (a1), G. Di Rico (a1), M. Ragni (a1), C. Giuliani (a1), A. Di Cianno (a1), I. Di Varano (a1), L. Corcione (a2), F. Bortoletto (a3), M. D'Alessandro (a3), D. Magrin (a3), C. Bonoli (a3), E. Giro (a3), D. Fantinel (a3), F.M. Zerbi (a4), A. Riva (a4), V. De Caprio (a4), E. Molinari (a4), P. Conconi (a4), M. Busso (a5), G. Tosti (a5) and C.A. Abia (a6)...

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AMICA (Antarctic Multiband Infrared CAmera) is an instrument designed to perform astronomical imaging in the near- (1-5 μm) and mid- (5–27 μm) infrared wavelength regions. Equipped with two detectors, an InSb 2562 and a Si:As 1282 IBC, cooled at 35 and 7 K respectively, it will be the first instrument to investigate the potential of the Italian-French base Concordia for IR astronomy. The main technical challenge is represented by the extreme conditions of Dome C (T ~ -90 °C, p ~ 640 mbar). An environmental control system ensures the correct start-up, shut-down and housekeeping of the various components of the camera. AMICA will be mounted on the IRAIT telescope and will perform survey-mode observations in the Southern sky. The first task is to provide important site-quality data. Substantial contributions to the solution of fundamental astrophysical quests, such as those related to late phases of stellar evolution and to star formation processes, are also expected.

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AMICA: The First camera for Near- and Mid-Infrared Astronomical Imaging at Dome C

  • N. Epchtein, M. Candidi, O. Straniero (a1), M. Dolci (a1), A. Valentini (a1), G. Valentini (a1), G. Di Rico (a1), M. Ragni (a1), C. Giuliani (a1), A. Di Cianno (a1), I. Di Varano (a1), L. Corcione (a2), F. Bortoletto (a3), M. D'Alessandro (a3), D. Magrin (a3), C. Bonoli (a3), E. Giro (a3), D. Fantinel (a3), F.M. Zerbi (a4), A. Riva (a4), V. De Caprio (a4), E. Molinari (a4), P. Conconi (a4), M. Busso (a5), G. Tosti (a5) and C.A. Abia (a6)...

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