AST/RO: Lessons from a Decade of Sub-mm Astronomy at the South Pole

Tothill, N. F. H., 2007, EAS Publications Series, 25, 327 | View on ADS (2007EAS....25..327T) | Access via DOI


AST/RO spent over a decade at the South Pole, observing submillimetre-wave emission from the interstellar medium. We outline some of the lessons learned and experience gained that may be relevant to future Antarctic projects. Small submillimetre-wave telescopes, on the excellent sites provided by the Antarctic plateau, have very strong large-area mapping capabilities, together with the potential for ground-based THz observations. Highlighted technical aspects include AST/RO's lack of icing problems and availability of warm space.

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