2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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High Elevation Antarctic Terahertz (HEAT) telescopes for Dome A and Ridge A

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

Event Number: A-364-S
NSF/PLR Award 0944335

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Paul Sullivan

Dr. Craig Kulesa (Principal Investigator)
http://soral.as.arizona.edu/heat/External Non U.S. Government Site

University of Arizona Tucson
Steward Observatory
Tucson, Arizona

Supporting Stations:  South Pole Station
Research Locations:  Ridge A

Project Description:
A field party of two will be based at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station where they will acclimate while preparing the replacement HEAT cryostat and testing PLATO-R components. They will then travel, by Twin Otter aircraft, and accompanied by an ASC field coordinator, to Ridge A, for a seven-day deployment.

Field Season Overview:
This austral summer researchers will deploy the second generation HEAT telescope and refuel and refurbish the Plateau Observatory (PLATO). The field party of American and Australian grantees will be based at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station where they will acclimate while assembling and testing the new instrument. A lesser number of team members will travel to Ridge A by Twin Otter for a 2-4 day field deployment intended to maximize the probability of success given the remoteness of the site, attention to safety, and accounting for difficult working conditions at altitude.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Craig Kulesa (PI)
  • David Lesser
  • Abram Young

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