EAS Publications Series
Volume 25, 20071st ARENA Conference on "Large Astronomical Infrastructures at CONCORDIA, prospects and constraints for Antarctic Optical/IR Astronomy"
|Page(s)||327 - 332|
|Published online||23 May 2007|
N. Epchtein and M. Candidi (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 25 (2007) 327-332
AST/RO: Lessons from a Decade of Sub-mm Astronomy at the South Pole
School of Physics, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter,UK
2 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA, USA
Corresponding author: email@example.com
AST/RO spent over a decade at the South Pole, observing submillimetre-wave emission from the interstellar medium. We outline some of the lessons learned and experience gained that may be relevant to future Antarctic projects. Small submillimetre-wave telescopes, on the excellent sites provided by the Antarctic plateau, have very strong large-area mapping capabilities, together with the potential for ground-based THz observations. Highlighted technical aspects include AST/RO's lack of icing problems and availability of warm space.
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