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AMICA: the NIR/MIR camera for automatic astronomical observations from Dome C, Antarctica
Author(s): M. Dolci; O. Straniero; G. Di Rico; G. Valentini; A. Riva; A. Di Cianno; M. Ragni; C. Giuliani; A. Valentini; F. Bortoletto; M. D'Alessandro; D. Magrin; C. Bonoli; D. Fantinel; L. Corcione; C. A. Abia; M. Busso; G. Tosti
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Paper Abstract

AMICA is a double-armed camera designed to perform NIR/ MIR (2-28 μm) Astronomy from Antarctica. It will be installed at Dome C in 2010-2011. An overview of the instrument is given, with attention to the following features: 1) Winterization: AMICA has been tested under Antarctic conditions to be operated in severe environments; 2) Automation: AMICA does not require human intervention; 3) Fast acquisition: AMICA can get images with exposure times less than 3 msec; 4) Survey-mode observations: the low background in Antarctica allows AMICA to have FOVs of 2.29 arcmin (NIR) and 2.89 arcmin (MIR), without saturation even with wide-band filters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77353L (20 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857192
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M. Dolci, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania-Teramo (Italy)
O. Straniero, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania-Teramo (Italy)
G. Di Rico, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania-Teramo (Italy)
G. Valentini, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania-Teramo (Italy)
A. Riva, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
A. Di Cianno, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania-Teramo (Italy)
M. Ragni, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania-Teramo (Italy)
C. Giuliani, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania-Teramo (Italy)
A. Valentini, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania-Teramo (Italy)
F. Bortoletto, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
M. D'Alessandro, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
D. Magrin, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
C. Bonoli, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
D. Fantinel, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
L. Corcione, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
C. A. Abia, Univ. de Granada (Spain)
M. Busso, Univ. degli Studi di Perugia (Italy)
G. Tosti, Univ. degli Studi di Perugia (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7735:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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