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The International Robotic Antarctic Infrared Telescope (IRAIT)
Author(s): Gino Tosti; Maurizio Busso; Giuliano Nucciarelli; Marco Bagaglia; Fabio Roncella; Alberto Mancini; Sonia Castellini; Mirco Mariotti; Ezio Babucci; Gianfranco Chiocci; Oscar Straniero; Mauro Dolci; Gaetano Valentini; Igor di Varano; Danilo Pelusi; Gianluca Di Rico; Maurizio Ragni; Carlos Abia; Inma. Domínguez; Leonardo Corcione; Francesco Porcu; Paolo Conconi; Vincenzo De Caprio; Alverto Riva; Emilio Molinari; Filippo M. Zerbi; Favio Bortoletto; Carlotta Bonoli; Maurizio D'Alessandro; Josep Colomé; Jordi Isern; Runa Briguglio; Alessandro Cacciani; Lucio Farnesini; Bruno Checcucci; Klaus G. Strassmeier
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Paper Abstract

Thanks to exceptional coldness, low sky brightness and low content of water vapour of the above atmosphere Dome C, one of the three highest peaks of the large Antarctic plateau, is likely to be the best site on Earth for thermal infrared observations (2.3-300 μm) as well as for the far infrared range (30 μm-1mm). IRAIT (International Robotic Antarctic Infrared Telescope) will be the first European Infrared telescope operating at Dome C. It will be delivered to Antarctica at the end of 2006, will reach Dome C at the end of 2007 and the first winter-over operation will start in spring 2008. IRAIT will offer a unique opportunity for astronomers to test and verify the astronomical quality of the site and it will be a useful test-instrument for a new generation of Antarctic telescopes and focal plane instrumentations. We give here a general overview of the project and of the logistics and transportation options adopted to facilitate the installation of IRAIT at Dome C. We summarize the results of the electrical, electronics and networking tests and of the sky polarization measurements carried out at Dome C during the 2005-2006 summer-campaign. We also present the 25 cm optical telescope (small-IRAIT project) that will installed at Dome C during the Antarctic summer 2006-2007 and that will start observations during the 2007 Antarctic winter when a member of the IRAIT collaboration will join the Italian-French Dome C winter-over team.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62671H (23 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670302
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Gino Tosti, Univ. di Perugia (Italy)
Maurizio Busso, Univ. di Perugia (Italy)
Giuliano Nucciarelli, Univ. di Perugia (Italy)
Marco Bagaglia, Univ. di Perugia (Italy)
Fabio Roncella, Univ. di Perugia (Italy)
Alberto Mancini, Univ. di Perugia (Italy)
Sonia Castellini, Univ. di Perugia (Italy)
Mirco Mariotti, Univ. di Perugia (Italy)
Ezio Babucci, Univ. di Perugia (Italy)
Gianfranco Chiocci, Univ. di Perugia (Italy)
Oscar Straniero, INAF - Osservatorio di Teramo (Italy)
Mauro Dolci, INAF - Osservatorio di Teramo (Italy)
Gaetano Valentini, INAF - Osservatorio di Teramo (Italy)
Igor di Varano, INAF - Osservatorio di Teramo (Italy)
Danilo Pelusi, INAF - Osservatorio di Teramo (Italy)
Gianluca Di Rico, INAF - Osservatorio di Teramo (Italy)
Maurizio Ragni, INAF - Osservatorio di Teramo (Italy)
Carlos Abia, Univ. de Granada (Spain)
Inma. Domínguez, Univ. de Granada (Spain)
Leonardo Corcione, INAF - Osservatorio di Torino (Italy)
Francesco Porcu, INAF - Osservatorio di Torino (Italy)
Paolo Conconi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Vincenzo De Caprio, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Alverto Riva, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Emilio Molinari, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Filippo M. Zerbi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Favio Bortoletto, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Carlotta Bonoli, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Maurizio D'Alessandro, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Josep Colomé, Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (Spain)
Jordi Isern, Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (Spain)
Runa Briguglio, Univ. La Sapienza (Italy)
Alessandro Cacciani, Univ. La Sapienza (Italy)
Lucio Farnesini, INFN - Sezione di Perugia (Italy)
Bruno Checcucci, INFN - Sezione di Perugia (Italy)
Klaus G. Strassmeier, Astrophysical Institute Potsdam (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6267:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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