Extremely large telescopes on the Antarctic plateau

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Abstract

The primary limitation to the performance of any large ground-based telescope is the atmospheric properties of its site, particularly the sky emission and the turbulence structure. There are several sites on the Antarctic plateau (South Pole, Dome C and Dome A) for which the increase in infrared sensitivity relative to a mid-latitude site should be as much as two orders of magnitude. The unique turbulent structure above Dome C indicates that an extremely large telescope equipped with only a natural guide star adaptive optics system should achieve equivalent resolution to a mid-latitude extremely large telescope with a multi-conjugate multi-laser guide star system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHighlights of Astronomy
EditorsO Engvold
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages956-957
Number of pages2
Volume13
ISBN (Print)1583811893
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event25th General Assembly of the International-Astronomical-Union - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 13 Jul 200326 Jul 2003

Publication series

NameIAU SYMPOSIA
PublisherASTRONOMICAL SOC PACIFIC
Volume13
ISSN (Print)0074-1809

Conference

Conference25th General Assembly of the International-Astronomical-Union
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period13/07/0326/07/03

Keywords

  • SOUTH-POLE

Cite this

Lawrence, J. (2005). Extremely large telescopes on the Antarctic plateau. In O. Engvold (Ed.), Highlights of Astronomy (Vol. 13, pp. 956-957). (IAU SYMPOSIA; Vol. 13). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1539299600017767