SCUBA-2: The 10 000 pixel bolometer camera on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

W. S. Holland, D. Bintley, E. L. Chapin, A. Chrysostomou, G. R. Davis, J. T. Dempsey, W. D. Duncan, M. Fich, P. Friberg, M. Halpern, K. D. Irwin, T. Jenness, B. D. Kelly, M. J. MacIntosh, E. I. Robson, D. Scott, P. A.R. Ade, E. Atad-Ettedgui, D. S. Berry, S. C. CraigX. Gao, A. G. Gibb, G. C. Hilton, M. I. Hollister, J. B. Kycia, D. W. Lunney, H. McGregor, D. Montgomery, W. Parkes, R. P.J. Tilanus, J. N. Ullom, C. A. Walther, A. J. Walton, A. L. Woodcraft, M. Amiri, D. Atkinson, B. Burger, T. Chuter, I. M. Coulson, W. B. Doriese, C. Dunare, F. Economou, M. D. Niemack, H. A.L. Parsons, C. D. Reintsema, B. Sibthorpe, I. Smail, R. Sudiwala, H. S. Thomas

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Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array 2 (SCUBA-2) is an innovative 10 000 pixel bolometer camera operating at submillimetre wavelengths on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT). The camera has the capability to carry out wide-field surveys to unprecedented depths, addressing key questions relating to the origins of galaxies, stars and planets. With two imaging arrays working simultaneously in the atmospheric windows at 450 and 850 μm, the vast increase in pixel count means that SCUBA-2 maps the sky 100-150 times faster than the previou take 2.5 yr and the results are already providing complementary data to the shorter wavelength, shallower, larger area surveysfrom Herschel. The SCUBA-2 surveys will also provide a wealth of information for further study with new facilities such as ALMA, and future telescopes such as CCAT and SPICA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2513-2533
Number of pages21
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 21 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Instrumentation: detectors
  • submillimetre: general

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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