The AST3-NIR camera for the Kunlun Infrared Sky Survey

Jon Lawrence, Michael Ashley, Michael Burton, Xiangqun Cui, Vladimir Churilov, Robert Content, Peter Gillingham, Karl Glazebrook, Bozhong Gu, Michael Ireland, Xiang Jiang, Haiping Lu, Anna Moore, Jeremy Mould, Nicholas F. Staszak, Julia Tims, Peter Tuthill, Lifan Wang, Xiangyan Yuan, Kaiyuan ZhangRoss Zhelem, Jessica Zheng

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AST3-NIR is a new infrared camera for deployment with the AST3-3 wide-field survey telescope to Dome A on the Antarctic plateau. This project is designed to take advantage of the low Antarctic infrared sky thermal background (particularly within the K dark near infrared atmospheric window at 2.4 μm) and the long Antarctic nights to provide high sensitivity temporal data from astronomical sources. The data collected from the Kunlun Infrared Sky Survey (KISS) will be used to conduct a range of astronomical science cases including the study of supernovae, exo-planets, variable stars, and the cosmic infrared background.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
EditorsChristopher J. Evans, Luc Simard, Hideki Takami
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601963
ISBN (Print)9781510601956
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 201630 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
CountryUnited Kingdom

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  • Antarctic astronomy
  • AST3
  • Dome A
  • Infrared imaging
  • KISS

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