AIR-C: antarctic infra-red camera

Ramsey Lundock, Takashi Ichikawa

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


This paper details the design process for AIR-C, the Antarctic Infra-Red Camera, for use with Tohoku University's 40cm Antarctic telescope. The camera will also be compatible with the planned 2 meter class Japanese telescope at Dome F. First, we review of the design requirements which shaped the development process. The optical chain receives the most detailed discussion. The other components will be discussed briefly. The effect of cryogenic temperatures on the lenses was taken into account during the design process. AIR-C's performance is predicted. Finally, we discuss the scientific potential for a small Antarctic telescope.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II - Marseille, France
Duration: 2008 Jun 232008 Jun 28

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II


  • Antarctica
  • Infra-Red

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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