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THz Astrophysics from Dome A

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 December 2009

N.F.H. Tothill*
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QL, UK
C.A. Kulesa
Affiliation:
Steward Observatory, 933 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
C.K. Walker
Affiliation:
Steward Observatory, 933 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
J. Yang
Affiliation:
Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing 210008, China
M.C.B. Ashley
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
J.S. Lawrence
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia Department of Physics and Engineering, Macquarie University, NSW 1209, Australia
D. Luong-Van
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
J.W.V. Storey
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
H. Yang
Affiliation:
Polar Research Institute of China, Shanghai 200136, China
X. Zhou
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Beijing 100012, China
Z. Zhu
Affiliation:
Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing 210008, China
J. Bardin
Affiliation:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
X. Cui
Affiliation:
Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, Nanjing 210042, China
J. Everett
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
L. Feng
Affiliation:
Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing 210008, China
D. Golish
Affiliation:
Steward Observatory, 933 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
X. Gong
Affiliation:
Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, Nanjing 210042, China
J. Hu
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Beijing 100012, China
K. Jacobs
Affiliation:
I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, Zülpicher Strasse 77, 50937 Köln, Germany
Z. Jiang
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Beijing 100012, China
G. Jones
Affiliation:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
Y. Li
Affiliation:
Polar Research Institute of China, Shanghai 200136, China
C.L. Martin
Affiliation:
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 44074, USA
M.J. McCaughrean
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QL, UK
W. Qin
Affiliation:
Polar Research Institute of China, Shanghai 200136, China
M. Schein
Affiliation:
Steward Observatory, 933 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
Z. Shang
Affiliation:
Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300074, China
P. Siegel
Affiliation:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
B. Sun
Affiliation:
Polar Research Institute of China, Shanghai 200136, China
W. Walsh
Affiliation:
University of Newcastle, Singapore 169567
L. Wang
Affiliation:
Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing 210008, China Department of Physics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
S. Weinreb
Affiliation:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
Z. Xu
Affiliation:
Polar Research Institute of China, Shanghai 200136, China
J. Yan
Affiliation:
Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing 210008, China
X. Yuan
Affiliation:
Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, Nanjing 210042, China
X.-G. Zhang
Affiliation:
Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing 210008, China
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Abstract

The THz spectral region includes a number of important transitions which allow us to trace the evolution of the interstellar medium. Because of the opacity of the atmosphere in this spectral range, the best sites for ground-based THz observations are on the Antarctic Plateau; of these sites, Dome A is expected to be the best. THz survey science can be carried out with small telescopes, easing logistical constraints. By deploying a submillimetre-wave tipper/ telescope to Dome A, we have trialled several technologies for such an instrument, and we are able to test whether the site quality is sufficient for THz surveys.

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© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2010

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