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The Gattini South Pole UV experiment
Author(s): Anna M. Moore; Sara Ahmed; Michael C. B. Ashley; Ernest Croner; Alex Delacroix; Yusuke Ebihara; Jason Fucik; D. Christopher Martin; Viswa Velur; Allan Weatherwax
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Paper Abstract

The Gattini South Pole UV experiment (Gattini SPUV) was deployed to the South Pole dark sector in February 2010 and has recently completed a highly successful first season of winter time observations. The experiment has, for the first time ever, measured and categorized the optical night sky brightness at the very blue wavelengths. The experiment consists of a remotely operated 6” aperture custom designed telescope. The telescope feeds a blue sensitive imager with 4 degree field of view that contains a bank of 3 filters: SDSS g’, Bessel U and a custom “super U” filter specifically designed to probe the sky emission at wavelengths approaching the atmospheric cut-off. The filters are continually cycled with exposure times ranging from 30 to 300 seconds throughout the winter period. The telescope, in addition, feeds a 2 degree long slit VPH grating spectrograph with R~1000. The bandwidth is 350-450nm. The spectra are recorded simultaneously with the imager exposures. The experiment is designed for low temperature Antarctic operation and resides on the roof of the MAPO building in the South Pole Antarctic sector. The primary science goals are to categorize the Antarctic winter-time sky background at the very bluest of wavelengths as a pathfinder for the Antarctic Cosmic Web Imager. We present a technical overview of the experiment and results from the first winter season.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84441Q (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927313
Show Author Affiliations
Anna M. Moore, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
Sara Ahmed, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Michael C. B. Ashley, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Ernest Croner, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
Alex Delacroix, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
Yusuke Ebihara, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Jason Fucik, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
D. Christopher Martin, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Viswa Velur, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
Allan Weatherwax, Siena College (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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