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Novel instruments for site characterization
Author(s): John W. V. Storey; Michael C. B. Ashley; Michael G. Burton
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Paper Abstract

In order to fully characterize the astronomical potential of remote sites on the antarctic plateau, we have developed a suite of instruments covering UV to sub-millimeter wavelengths. In addition, we have successfully demonstrated the use of an acoustic radar at the South Pole to measure the height of the turbulent atmospheric boundary layer. Each instrument is designed to operate independently and autonomously, producing reliable, fully calibrated data without human intervention. Although designed primarily for use in Antarctica, these instrument use novel technology that is applicable to other astronomical applications as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4008, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395456
Show Author Affiliations
John W. V. Storey, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Michael C. B. Ashley, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Michael G. Burton, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4008:
Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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