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Title:
Operation of the Near Infrared Sky Monitor at the South Pole
Authors:
Lawrence, J. S.; Ashley, M. C. B.; Burton, M. G.; Calisse, P. G.; Everett, J. R.; Pernic, R. J.; Phillips, A.; Storey, J. W. V.
Affiliation:
AA(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia. ), AB(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia.), AC(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia.), AD(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia.), AE(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia.), AF(Yerkes Observatory, The University of Chicago, Williams Bay, Wisconsin 53191, USA), AG(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia.), AH(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia.)
Publication:
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp. 328-3336. (PASA Homepage)
Publication Date:
00/2002
Origin:
PASA
DOI:
10.1071/AS02020
Bibliographic Code:
2002PASA...19..328L

Abstract

The near infrared sky spectral brightness has been measured at the South Pole with the Near Infrared Sky Monitor (NISM) throughout the 2001 winter season. The sky is found to be typically more than an order of magnitude darker than at temperate latitude sites, consistent with previous South Pole observations. Reliable robotic operation of the NISM, a low power, autonomous instrument, has been demonstrated throughout the Antarctic winter. Data analysis yields a median winter value of the 2.4mum (Kdark) sky spectral brightness of ~120muJy arcsec-2 and an average of 210 +/- 80muJy arcsec-2. The 75%, 50%, and 25% quartile values are 270 +/- 100, 155 +/- 60, and 80 +/- 30muJy arcsec-2, respectively.

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