EAS Publications Series
Volume 14, 2005Dome C Astronomy and Astrophysics Meeting
|Page(s)||161 - 167|
|Published online||05 January 2006|
M. Giard, F. Casoli and F. Paletou (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 14 (2005) 161-167
An adaptive 2 m class telescope for a microlensing search from Antarctica
INAF – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Largo E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy
2 Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie, Koenigstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
3 Dip. Astronomia e Scienza dello Spazio, Univ. di Firenze, Largo E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy
4 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Via Frascati 33, 00040 Roma, Italy
5 INAF – Dip. Dipartimento di Fisica, Universitá di Perugia, via Pascoli, 06123 Perugia, Italy
6 INAF – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Bologna, Via Ranzani 1, 40127 Bologna, Italy
7 European Southern Observatory, Karl Schwarzschild Str. 2, 85748 Garching bei Muenchen, Germany
We describe the scientific rationale and the preliminary optomechanical design for a 2 m class telescope designed to achieve ground layer correction over a ≈15 arcmin Field of View (FoV) to be located at the Dome-C site. The proposed science case is the detection of microlensing events in and by globular clusters and nearby galaxies that, for a high probability of success, requires exceptional seeing (≈0.2 arcsec or better) and a large target density (the centre of a globular cluster with a corresponding telescope FoV of ≈15 arcmin). This approach can capitalise on some of the unique qualities already observed above the Dome-C site, namely that the atmospheric turbulence is largely limited to a ground layer of small thickness only, a relatively low Greenwood frequency and uniterrupted sky coverage during the winter months for objects such as the globular cluster 47-Tuc. Further to the central science case of microlensing the telescope could provide a technological testbed for future telescopes and, given the unique atmospheric properties witnessed already during previous site testing compaigns, has the chance to provide a large amount of data (based on accurate and continuous light curves lasting several months) for fields of research outside that of microlensing. Details of the specific concepts of adaptive optics to be adopted for this telescope are outlined.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2005
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