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Title:
Science Programs for a 2-m Class Telescope at Dome C, Antarctica: PILOT, the Pathfinder for an International Large Optical Telescope
Authors:
Burton, M. G.; Lawrence, J. S.; Ashley, M. C. B.; Bailey, J. A.; Blake, C.; Bedding, T. R.; Bland-Hawthorn, J.; Bond, I. A.; Glazebrook, K.; Hidas, M. G.; Lewis, G.; Longmore, S. N.; Maddison, S. T.; Mattila, S.; Minier, V.; Ryder, S. D.; Sharp, R.; Smith, C. H.; Storey, J. W. V.; Tinney, C. G.; Tuthill, P.; Walsh, A. J.; Walsh, W.; Whiting, M.; Wong, T.; Woods, D.; Yock, P. C. M.
Affiliation:
AA(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia ), AB(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia), AC(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia), AD(Anglo Australian Observatory, Epping NSW 1710, Australia; Centre for Astrobiology, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109, Australia), AE(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia), AF(University of Sydney, Sydney NSW 2006, Australia), AG(Anglo Australian Observatory, Epping NSW 1710, Australia), AH(Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand), AI(John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA), AJ(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia), AK(University of Sydney, Sydney NSW 2006, Australia), AL(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia), AM(Swinburne University, Melbourne VIC 3122, Australia), AN(Stockholm Observatory, Stockholm, Sweden), AO(CEA Centre d'Études de Saclay, Paris, France), AP(Anglo Australian Observatory, Epping NSW 1710, Australia), AQ(Anglo Australian Observatory, Epping NSW 1710, Australia), AR(Electro Optics Systems, Queanbeyan NSW 2620, Australia), AS(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia), AT(Anglo Australian Observatory, Epping NSW 1710, Australia), AU(University of Sydney, Sydney NSW 2006, Australia), AV(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia), AW(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia), AX(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia), AY(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia; CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility, Epping NSW 1710, Australia), AZ(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia), BA(University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)
Publication:
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp. 199-235. (PASA Homepage)
Publication Date:
08/2005
Origin:
PASA
Astronomy Keywords:
telescopes, site testing, atmospheric effects, techniques: high angular resolution, stars: formation, cosmology: observations
DOI:
10.1071/AS04077
Bibliographic Code:
2005PASA...22..199B

Abstract

The cold, dry, and stable air above the summits of the Antarctic plateau provides the best ground-based observing conditions from optical to sub-millimetre wavelengths to be found on the Earth. Pathfinder for an International Large Optical Telescope (PILOT) is a proposed 2m telescope, to be built at Dome C in Antarctica, able to exploit these conditions for conducting astronomy at optical and infrared wavelengths. While PILOT is intended as a pathfinder towards the construction of future grand-design facilities, it will also be able to undertake a range of fundamental science investigations in its own right. This paper provides the performance specifications for PILOT, including its instrumentation. It then describes the kinds of projects that it could best conduct. These range from planetary science to the search for other solar systems, from star formation within the Galaxy to the star formation history of the Universe, and from gravitational lensing caused by exo-planets to that produced by the cosmic web of dark matter. PILOT would be particularly powerful for wide-field imaging at infrared wavelengths, achieving near diffraction-limited performance with simple tip-tilt wavefront correction. PILOT would also be capable of near diffraction-limited performance in the optical wavebands, as well be able to open new wavebands for regular ground-based observation, in the mid-IR from 17 to 40mum and in the sub-millimetre at 200mum.
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