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A new era of wide-field submillimetre imaging: on-sky performance of SCUBA-2
Author(s): Jessica T. Dempsey; Wayne S Holland; Antonio Chrysostomou; David S. Berry; Daniel Bintley; Edward L. Chapin; Simon C. Craig; Iain M. Coulson; Gary R. Davis; Per Friberg; Tim Jenness; Andy G. Gibb; Harriet A. L. Parsons; Douglas Scott; Holly S. Thomas; Remo P. J. Tilanus; Ian Robson; Craig A Walther
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Paper Abstract

SCUBA-2 is the largest submillimetre wide-field bolometric camera ever built. This 43 square arc- minute field-of-view instrument operates at two wavelengths (850 and 450 microns) and has been installed on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. SCUBA-2 has been successfully commissioned and operational for general science since October 2011. This paper presents an overview of the on-sky performance of the instrument during and since commissioning in mid- 2011. The on-sky noise characteristics and NEPs of the 450 μm and 850 μm arrays, with average yields of approximately 3400 bolometers at each wavelength, will be shown. The observing modes of the instrument and the on-sky calibration techniques are described. The culmination of these efforts has resulted in a scientifically powerful mapping camera with sensitivities that allow a square degree of sky to be mapped to 10 mJy/beam rms at 850 μm in 2 hours and 60 mJy/beam rms at 450 μm in 5 hours in the best weather.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2012
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 8452, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 845202 (27 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926547
Show Author Affiliations
Jessica T. Dempsey, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Wayne S Holland, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Antonio Chrysostomou, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
David S. Berry, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Daniel Bintley, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Edward L. Chapin, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Simon C. Craig, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Iain M. Coulson, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Gary R. Davis, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Per Friberg, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Tim Jenness, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Andy G. Gibb, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Harriet A. L. Parsons, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Douglas Scott, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Holly S. Thomas, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Remo P. J. Tilanus, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (Netherlands)
Ian Robson, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Craig A Walther, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8452:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Wayne S. Holland, Editor(s)

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