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An international center for submillimeter astronomy at Dome C, Antarctica: statement of work

Calisse, P. G., de Bernardis, P., Olmi, L., Piccirillo, L., Sironi, G., Delabrouille, J., Gervasi, M., Giraud-Heraud, Y., Lamarre, J. M., Masi, S., Mauskopf, Philip Daniel, Pajot, F. and Storey, J. W. V. 2003. An international center for submillimeter astronomy at Dome C, Antarctica: statement of work. Memorie della Societa Astronomica Italiana Supplementi 2 , p. 62.

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Tests made over the last ten years at various locations show that the Antarctic Plateau is the site with the best observing conditions for ground based astronomical observations at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths, due to the unique combination of elevation, low atmospheric water vapor content and high atmospheric stability. These characteristics are currently exploited at the Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole, where an astronomical facility has been developed mainly for the US astronomical community. It is now time to evaluate the possibility of creating a new Antarctic Center for Millimeter and Sub-millimeter Astrophysics at Dome C, where conditions are expected to be better than at the South Pole, and where the French-Italian Concordia Station is expected to start operations in winter 2004. The station will complement the US South Pole base offering different opportunities to a much wider international community.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Submillimeter-wave astronomy – telescopes
Publisher: Italian Astronomical Society
ISSN: 0037-8720
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