Pre-HEAT: submillimeter site testing and astronomical spectra from Dome A, Antarctica

@inproceedings{Kulesa2008PreHEATSS,
  title={Pre-HEAT: submillimeter site testing and astronomical spectra from Dome A, Antarctica},
  author={Craig Alan Kulesa and Christopher K. Walker and Michael Schein and Dathon R. Golish and N. F. H. Tothill and Peter H. Siegel and Sander Weinreb and G. Jones and Joseph C. Bardin and Keren Jacobs and C. L. Martin and John W. V. Storey and Michael C. B. Ashley and Jonathan S. Lawrence and Daniel Luong-Van and Jon R. Everett and L. Wang and L. Feng and Z. Zhu and J. Yan and J. Yang and X-G Zhang and Xiang-qun Cui and X. Q. Yuan and J. Hu and Z. Xu and Z. Jiang and H. Yang and Y. Li and B. N. Sun and Weijia Qin and Zhaohui Shang},
  booktitle={Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation},
  year={2008}
}
Pre-HEAT is a 20 cm aperture submillimeter-wave telescope with a 660 GHz (450 micron) Schottky diode heterodyne receiver and digital FFT spectrometer for the Plateau Observatory (PLATO) developed by the University of New South Wales. In January 2008 it was deployed to Dome A, the summit of the Antarctic plateau, as part of a scientific traverse led by the Polar Research Institute of China and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dome A may be one of the best sites in the world for ground based… 

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  • X. Cui
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    Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
  • 2009
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