EAS Publications Series
Volume 33, 20082nd ARENA Conference: The Astrophysical Science Cases at Dome C
|Page(s)||21 - 40|
|Published online||13 November 2008|
H. Zinnecker, N. Epchtein and H. Rauer (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 33 (2008) 21-40
Submm/FIR Astronomy in Antarctica: Potential for a large telescope facility
CEA Saclay/DSM/IRFU/Service d'Astrophysique, France
2 Osservatorio di Arcetri, INAF, Italy and University of Puerto Rico
3 IFSI, INAF Roma, Italy
4 IASF, INAF Bologna, Italy
5 LGGE, Grenoble, France
6 Universitaet zu Koeln, Germany
7 NRAO/University of Chicago, USA
8 Dipartimento di Fisica, Roma 3, Italy
9 Dept. of Physics, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
10 CEA Saclay/DSM/IRFU/SIS, France
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2008
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