SUBMM/FIR astronomy in Antarctica: Potential for a large telescope facility

V. Minier, L. Olmi, P. O. Lagage, L. Spinoglio, G. A. Durand, E. Daddi, D. Galilei, H. Gallée, C. Kramer, D. Marrone, E. Pantin, L. Sabbatini, N. Schneider, N. F.H. Tothill, L. Valenziano, C. Veyssière

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2nd ARENA Conference on "The Astrophysical Scsience Cases at Dome C"
EditorsH. Zinnecker, N. Epehtein, H. Rauer
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2008

Publication series

NameEAS Publications Series
ISSN (Print)1633-4760
ISSN (Electronic)1638-1963

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • General Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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