N. Epchtein and M. Candidi (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 25 (2007) 321-326
Submillimetre/TeraHertz Astronomy at Dome C with CEA Filled Bolometer Array
Service d'Astrophysique/DAPNIA/DSM, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
2 TMT project, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
3 Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Perugia, via A. Pascoli, 06100 Perugia, Italy
Submillimetre/TeraHertz (e.g. 200, 350, 450 μm) astronomy is the prime technique to unveil the birth and early evolution of a broad range of astrophysical objects. A major obstacle to carry out submm observations from ground is the atmosphere. Preliminary site testing and atmospheric transmission models tend to demonstrate that Dome C could offer the best conditions on Earth for submm/THz astronomy. The CAMISTIC project aims to install a filled bolometer-array camera with 16×16 pixels on IRAIT at Dome C and explore the 200-μm windows for potential ground-based observations.
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