A project for an infrared synoptic survey from Antarctica with the Polar Large Telescope (PLT)

N. Epchtein, L. Abe, W. Ansorge, M. Langlois, I. Vauglin, S. Argentini, I. Esau, C. David, I. Bryson, G. Dalton, Michael C. B. Ashley, J. S. Lawrence

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Abstract

The Polar Large Telescope (PLT) aims at performing a new generation of astronomical Infrared Synoptic Survey from Antarctica (ISSA). It would carry out for the first time large scale periodic imaging surveys at ∼ 0.3 arcsec angular resolution in the short thermal infrared (2-5 micron) range benefiting from the extremely dry, cold, and stable polar atmosphere. The PLT consists of a 2.5 m class telescope equipped with a 250-Mpixel infrared camera. The survey would produce diffraction limited images at 2 micron covering a total of ∼ 5000 square degrees, explore the time domain from seconds to years down to mab =25.5 in Kd, generate alerts of transients and react quickly to alerts from other ground based or space borne facilities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSF2A-2011
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Annual meeting of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics
EditorsG. Alecian, K. Belkacem, R. Samadi, D. Valls-Gabaud
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherFrench Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Pages107-110
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual meeting of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics 2011 - Paris, France
Duration: 20 Jun 201123 Jun 2011

Conference

ConferenceAnnual meeting of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics 2011
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period20/06/1123/06/11

Keywords

  • Infrared Surveys
  • Telescope
  • Antarctic Astronomy

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