A Small Submillimeter Telescope at the South Pole
  • Antony A. Stark
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 287/8/9)


Understanding of star formation in the Universe is advancing through submillimeter-wave observations of the Milky Way and other galaxies. Technological constraints on such observations require a mixture of telescope sizes and observational techniques. For some purposes, small submillimeterwave telescopes are more sensitive than large ones. The Antarctic Submillimeter Telescope and Remote Observatory (ASTIRO) is a small, widefield instrument located at an excellent observatory site. By observing the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds at arcminute resolution, it provides a context for interpreting observations of distant galaxies made by large interferometric telescopes. ASTIRO also provides hands-on training in submillimeter technology and allows testing of novel detector systems.

ASTIRO submillimeter Antarctic South Pole interstellar medium telescopes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antony A. Stark
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  1. 1.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA

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