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APEX: five years of operations
Author(s): Andreas Lundgren; David Rabanus; Rolf Güsten; Karl Menten; Tim de Zeeuw; Hans Olofsson; Andreas Kaufer; Lars-Åke Nyman; Per Bergman; Carlos de Breuck; Friedrich Wyrowski; Claudio Agurto; Francisco Azagra; Michael Dumke; Felipe Mac-Auliffe; Mauricio Martinez; Francisco Montenegro; Dirk Muders; Vincent Reveret; Christophe Risacher; Rodrigo Parra; Giorgio Siringo; Gundolf Wieching
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Paper Abstract

APEX, the Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment, is being operated successfully, now for five years, on Llano de Chajnantor at 5107m altitude in the Chilean High Andes. This location is considered one of the worlds outstanding sites for submillimeter astronomy, which the results described in this contribution are underlining. The primary reflector with 12 m diameter is cautiously being maintained at about 15 μm by means of holography. This allows to access all atmospheric submillimeter windows accessible from the ground, up to 200 μm. Telescope and instrument performance, operational experiences and a selection of scientific results are given in this publication.

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Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7737, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III, 773708 (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856985
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Lundgren, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
David Rabanus, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Rolf Güsten, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Karl Menten, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Tim de Zeeuw, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Hans Olofsson, Onsala Space Observatory, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)
Andreas Kaufer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Lars-Åke Nyman, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Per Bergman, Onsala Space Observatory, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)
Carlos de Breuck, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Friedrich Wyrowski, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Claudio Agurto, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Francisco Azagra, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Michael Dumke, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Felipe Mac-Auliffe, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Mauricio Martinez, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Francisco Montenegro, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Dirk Muders, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Vincent Reveret, CEA, IRFU/SAp, Lab. AIM, CNRS (France)
Christophe Risacher, SRON (Netherlands)
Rodrigo Parra, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Giorgio Siringo, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Gundolf Wieching, European Southern Observatory (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7737:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III
David R. Silva; Alison B. Peck; B. Thomas Soifer, Editor(s)

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