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AMICA at Dome C: results from the first year of automatic operation tests in Antarctica
Author(s): M. Dolci; A. Valentini; M. Ragni; A. Di Cianno; G. Di Rico; O. Straniero; D. Romano; J.-M. Christille; A. Piluso
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Paper Abstract

Results from the first year of AMICA operations at Dome C are presented. AMICA is an astronomical camera for imaging between 2 and 24 μm designed to work automatically at the extreme conditions of Antarctica. Except for the cryostat, AMICA devices are hosted inside a rack whose operating conditions are automatically controlled. 120 days of environmental tests data have been obtained in 2011. The data concern the operating parameters of the system. The results show an excellent performance. A quality factor is computed as a function of the external conditions and a few critical correcting actions are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 844645 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926615
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M. Dolci, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Teramo (Italy)
A. Valentini, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Teramo (Italy)
M. Ragni, Angelatoni Industrie S.p.A. (Italy)
A. Di Cianno, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Teramo (Italy)
G. Di Rico, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Teramo (Italy)
O. Straniero, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Teramo (Italy)
D. Romano, Univ. degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)
J.-M. Christille, Univ. degli Studi di Perugia (Italy)
A. Piluso, Univ. degli Studi di Perugia (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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