The University of Tokyo Atacama 1.0-m telescope

Sako, S.; Doi, M; Handa T.; Kawara K.; Kohno, K; Minezaki T.; Mitani N.; Miyata, T.; Motohara, K; Tanabe T.; Tanaka, M.; Yoshii Y.; Aoki, T; Soyano T.; Tarusawa K.; et. al.

Keywords: temperature, energy, water, networks, solar, telescopes, area, atacama, altitude, optical, satellite, infrared, devices, links, vapor, instruments, airborne, observation, wireless, remote, domes, observatories, local, cameras, High, mid, indicating, Near, (WLAN), Co.Chajnantor


The current status of the University of Tokyo Atacama 1.0m telescope project being constructed at the summit of Co. Chajnantor (5,640m) in Atacama, Chile, will be presented. This is an optical/infrared telescope at the world's highest csite. A precipitable water vapor (PWV) amount of 0.4 to 1.3 mm at the summit, much lower than that of 0.9 to 2.8 mm at Mauna Kea, Hawaii. provides excellent atmospheric transmission from the near- to the mid-infrared wavelength. Seeing and weather conditions are confirmed to be suitable for infrared observations at the summit. The telescope is an f/12 Ritchey-Chrétien type with a field of view of 10 arcmin. The telescope is installed in a 6-m dome and controlled from an operation room in a container separated from the dome. The operation room will be directly connected to a base support facility in San Pedro de Atacama by a wireless LAN and a satellite link. A power generator and solar panels are equipped for a main and a back-up power supply, respectively. The ANIR near-infrared camera and the MAX38 mid-infrared camera are equipped on the Cassegrain focus. This telescope will start operation at the beginning of 2009, and will be operated remotely from the base facility in the near future.

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Título de la Revista: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volumen: 7012
Editorial: SPIE
Fecha de publicación: 2008