Novel instruments for site characterization

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In order to fully characterize the astronomical potential of remote sites on the antarctic plateau, we have developed a suite of instruments covering UV to sub-millimeter wavelengths. In addition, we have successfully demonstrated the use of an acoustic radar at the South Pole to measure the height of the turbulent atmospheric boundary layer. Each instrument is designed to operate independently and autonomously, producing reliable, fully calibrated data without human intervention. Although designed primarily for use in Antarctica, these instrument use novel technology that is applicable to other astronomical applications as well.
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Storey, John
Ashley, Michael
Burton, Michael
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2000
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UNSW Faculty