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Mem. S.A.It. Suppl. Vol. 2, 88 c SAIt 2003

Summary: Mem. S.A.It. Suppl. Vol. 2, 88
c SAIt 2003
Memorie della
Australian plans at Concordia
J.S. Lawrence, M.C.B. Ashley, M.G. Burton, and J.W.V. Storey
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia
e-mail: jl@phys.unsw.edu.au
Abstract. Astralian astronomers have proposed the construction of a 2 m infrared
telscope -- the Douglas Mawson Telescope -- as an international collaborative
project. Such a telescope would have comparable wide-field sensitivity to an 8 m
telescope at a temperate location, but could be built for a fraction of the cost. The
Douglas Mawson Telescope would also be able to do unique science from the visible
to the sub-millimetre regions by expoiting the unique atmospheric conditions at
Dome C -- particularly the excellent atmospheric transparency and the absence
of high altitude turbulence. In addition, the DMT could form the first element
of a multi-telescope interferometer, an instrument which would have unrivalled
power as a ground-based "planet finder".
Key words. site testing Antarctic astronomy infrared astronomy
1. The Dougals Mawson Telescope


Source: Ashley, Michael C. B. - School of Physics, University of New South Wales


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