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F. Combes and D. Barret (eds) SOME ANTARCTIC SITE TESTING RESULTS
 

Summary: SF2A 2002
F. Combes and D. Barret (eds)
SOME ANTARCTIC SITE TESTING RESULTS
Travouillon, T.1, Ashley, M.C.B., Burton, M.G., Calisse, P.G., Everett,
J.R., Lawrence, J.S. and Storey, J.W.V.
Abstract. Observing conditions at the South Pole have probably been
better characterised than at any other site on earth. The benefits are now
well established, and include greatly reduced near- and mid-infrared sky
brightness, improved atmospheric transmission, and a unique atmospheric
turbulence profile with almost zero turbulence above the lowest 200 metres
of the atmosphere. The site testing work is still in progress, with a view
to better understanding the residual infrared sky emission and the nature of
the atmospheric turbulence. Autonomous experiments are now also currently
operating at Dome C. Plans are well advanced to extend these experiments,
and to study even higher altitude sites such as Vostok and Dome A. In this
paper, we report the recent results from UNSW. More comprehensive reviews
can be found in the literature.
1 Introduction
The Antarctic plateau offers unique observing conditions. The continent is high
(up to 4000m). The temperature averages -50

  

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

 

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