Optimising the K Dark Filter for the Kunlun Infrared Sky Survey

Li, Yushan et al., 2016, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 33, e008 | View on ADS (2016PASA...33....8L) | Access via DOI


The Kunlun Infrared Sky Survey will be the first comprehensive exploration of the time varying Universe in the infrared. A key feature in optimising the scientific yield of this ambitious research programme is the choice of the survey passband. In particular, the survey aims to maximally exploit the unique thermal and atmospheric conditions pertaining to the high Antarctic site. By simulating the expected signal-to-noise for varying filter properties within the so-called `K DARK' 2.4 μm window, filter performance can be tuned and best-case designs are given covering a range of conditions.

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