AMICA at Dome C: results from the first year of automatic operation tests in Antarctica

Dolci, M. et al., 2012, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 8446, 844645 | View on ADS (2012SPIE.8446E..45D) | Access via DOI


Results from the first year of AMICA operations at Dome C are presented. AMICA is an astronomical camera for imaging between 2 and 24 μm designed to work automatically at the extreme conditions of Antarctica. Except for the cryostat, AMICA devices are hosted inside a rack whose operating conditions are automatically controlled. 120 days of environmental tests data have been obtained in 2011. The data concern the operating parameters of the system. The results show an excellent performance. A quality factor is computed as a function of the external conditions and a few critical correcting actions are described.

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