Title HEAT; the High Elevation Antarctic terahertz Telescope
Author Walker, C.; Kulesa, C.A.
Author Affil Walker, C., University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Source p.372-379, ; Smithsonian at the poles, Washington, DC, May 3-4, 2007, edited by I. Krupnik, M.A. Lang and S.E. Miller. Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington, DC, United States. ISBN: 978-0-9788460-1-50-9788460-1- X
Publication Date 2009
Notes In English. 12 refs. Ant. Acc. No: 86102. CRREL Acc. No: 63004414
Index Terms cold weather construction; instruments; logistics; Antarctica--Antarctic Platform; Antarctic Platform; Antarctica; astronomy; Dome A; International Polar Year 2007-08; IPY 2007-08 Research Publications; telescopes
Abstract The High Elevation Antarctic Terahertz Telescope (HEAT) is a proposed 0.5-m THz observatory for automated, remote operation at the summit of Dome A, the highest point on the Antarctic plateau. The altitude of Dome A combined with the extreme cold and dry conditions prevalent there make it the best location on Earth for conducting many types of astronomical observations. The HEAT will operate at wavelengths from 150 to 400 micrometers and will observe the brightest and most diagnostic spectral lines from the galaxy. It will follow PreHEAT, an NSF-funded 450-micrometer tipper and spectrometer that was deployed to Dome A in January 2008 by the Polar Research Institute of China. PreHEAT is one of several instruments designed to operate with the University of New South Wales' Plateau Observatory (PLATO). A 1.5-THz (200-micrometer) receiver channel will be installed onto PreHEAT in Austral summer 2008- 2009. PreHEAT/HEAT and PLATO operate autonomously from Dome A for up to a year at a time, with commands and data being transferred to and from the experiment via satellite daily. The Plateau Observatory is the Dome A component of the multinational Astronomy at the Poles (AstroPoles) program, which has been endorsed by the Joint Committee for the International Polar Year (IPY).
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10088/6828
Publication Type monograph
Record ID 292154