Australian plans at Concordia

Lawrence, J. S. et al., 2003, Memorie della Societa Astronomica Italiana Supplementi, 2, 88 | View on ADS (2003MSAIS...2...88L)


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''.

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