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The Atacama Submillimeter Telescope Experiment (ASTE)
Author(s): Hajime Ezawa; Ryohei Kawabe; Kotaro Kohno; Satoshi Yamamoto
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Paper Abstract

ASTE (Atacama Submillimeter Telescope Experiment) is a project to install and operate a 10-m submillimeter telescope in the high altitude site (4,800 m) in Atacama desert, northern Chile. The project is aimed to explore the southern sky with submillimeter waves as well as to develop and evaluate various instruments and observing techniques. The telescope was shipped and re-assembled in Chilean site in early 2002, including the establishment of the on site infrastructure. Following evaluation of the telescope and receivers, scientific observations such as supernova remnants, galaxies, star forming regions and proto-planetary nebulae, have been carried out since early 2003. The high-precision 10-m antenna was measured to have the surface accuracy of 18.9 mm and the relative pointing accuracy was 1.2" r.m.s. for both azimuth and elevation. The subreflector is equipped with wobbling capability. Several types of receivers have been on board the telescope; the heterodyne-receivers operating at 100, 230, 345, 500 and 800 GHz bands including cartridge-type receivers, as well as a bolometer system covering 350, 650 and 850 GHz. The spectrometer is equipped with an XF type digital auto-correlator with four channels each covering up to 512 MHz with 1024 bins, which leads to 2 GHz coverage. The control system is designed to be capable of remote control from several sites via network connection, from the base facility at San Pedro de Atacama (2,400 m altitude) or even from Japan.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551391
Show Author Affiliations
Hajime Ezawa, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Ryohei Kawabe, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Kotaro Kohno, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Satoshi Yamamoto, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5489:
Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr., Editor(s)

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