The science case for PILOT 1: Summary and overview

Lawrence, J. S., Ashley, M. C. B., Bailey, J., Barrado y Navascues, D., Bedding, T. R., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Bond, I., Boulanger, F., Bouwens, R., Bruntt, H., Bunker, A., Burgarella, D., Burton, M. G., Busso, M., Coward, D., Cioni, M.-R., Durand, G., Eiroa, C., Epchtein, N., Gehrels, N., Gillingham, P., Glazebrook, K., Haynes, L., Lagage, P. O., Le Bertre, T., Mackey, C., Maillard, J. P., Minier, V., Olsen, K., Persi, P., Pimbblet, K., Quimby, R,, Saunders, W., Schmidt, B., Stello, D., Storey, J. W. V., Tinney, C,, Tremblin, P., Wheeler, J. C. and Yock, P. (2009) The science case for PILOT 1: Summary and overview. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 26 4: 379-396. doi:10.1071/AS08048

Author Lawrence, J. S.
Ashley, M. C. B.
Bailey, J.
Barrado y Navascues, D.
Bedding, T. R.
Bland-Hawthorn, J.
Bond, I.
Boulanger, F.
Bouwens, R.
Bruntt, H.
Bunker, A.
Burgarella, D.
Burton, M. G.
Busso, M.
Coward, D.
Cioni, M.-R.
Durand, G.
Eiroa, C.
Epchtein, N.
Gehrels, N.
Gillingham, P.
Glazebrook, K.
Haynes, L.
Lagage, P. O.
Le Bertre, T.
Mackey, C.
Maillard, J. P.
Minier, V.
Olsen, K.
Persi, P.
Pimbblet, K.
Quimby, R,
Saunders, W.
Schmidt, B.
Stello, D.
Storey, J. W. V.
Tinney, C,
Tremblin, P.
Wheeler, J. C.
Yock, P.
Title The science case for PILOT 1: Summary and overview
Journal name Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1323-3580
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AS08048
Volume 26
Issue 4
Start page 379
End page 396
Total pages 17
Editor Bryan Gaensler
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Subject 020103 Cosmology and Extragalactic Astronomy
970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Abstract PILOT (the Pathfinder for an International Large Optical Telescope) is a proposed 2.5-m optical/infrared telescope to be located at Dome C on the Antarctic plateau. Conditions at Dome C are known to be exceptional for astronomy. The seeing (above ∼30 m height), coherence time, and isoplanatic angle are all twice as good as at typical mid-latitude sites, while the water-vapour column, and the atmosphere and telescope thermal emission are all an order of magnitude better. These conditions enable a unique scientific capability for PILOT, which is addressed in this series of papers. The current paper presents an overview of the optical and instrumentation suite for PILOT and its expected performance, a summary of the key science goals and observational approach for the facility, a discussion of the synergies between the science goals for PILOT and other telescopes, and a discussion of the future of Antarctic astronomy. Paper II and Paper III present details of the science projects divided, respectively, between the distant Universe (i.e. studies of first light, and the assembly and evolution of structure) and the nearby Universe (i.e. studies of Local Group galaxies, the Milky Way, and the Solar System).
Keyword Cosmology
Observations — early universe — instrumentation:
High angular resolution — site testing — stars
Formation — telescopes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 4 November 2009

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