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  • L. Spinoglio, N. Epchtein, P. Tremblin (a1), N. Schneider (a1), V. Minier (a1), G. Durand (a1), Y. Reinert (a1), M. Busso (a2), L. Sabbatini (a3), J.W.V. Storey (a4), J. Urban (a5), P. Calisse (a6) and C. Veyssière (a7)...


We present preliminary results of the measurements of sky transparency conducted at Dome C during the winter 2008. Using MOLIERE modeling, we estimate a low precipitable water vapour content above Concordia station, which is very promising for future submillimetre wave observations on the Antarctic Plateau.


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[1] Busso, M., Tosti, G., Persi, P., et al., 2002, PASA, 19, 306
[2] Calisse, P.G., Ashley, M.C.B., Burton, M.G., et al., 2004, PASA, 21, 256
[3] Urban, J., Baron, P., Lautie, N., et al., 2004, JQSRT, 83, 3, 529
[4] Minier, V., Durand, G., Lagage, P.-O., et al., 2007, EAS Publ. Series, 25, 321


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