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

  • H. Zinnecker, N. Epchtein, H. Rauer, V. Minier (a1), L. Olmi (a2), P.-O. Lagage (a1), L. Spinoglio (a3), G.A. Durand (a1), E. Daddi (a1), D. Galilei (a4), H. Gallée (a5), C. Kramer (a6), D. Marrone (a7), E. Pantin (a1), L. Sabbatini (a8), N. Schneider (a1), N.F.H. Tothill (a9), L. Valenziano (a4) and C. Veyssière (a10)...

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

  • H. Zinnecker, N. Epchtein, H. Rauer, V. Minier (a1), L. Olmi (a2), P.-O. Lagage (a1), L. Spinoglio (a3), G.A. Durand (a1), E. Daddi (a1), D. Galilei (a4), H. Gallée (a5), C. Kramer (a6), D. Marrone (a7), E. Pantin (a1), L. Sabbatini (a8), N. Schneider (a1), N.F.H. Tothill (a9), L. Valenziano (a4) and C. Veyssière (a10)...

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