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19 July 2010 AMICA: the NIR/MIR camera for automatic astronomical observations from Dome C, Antarctica
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AMICA is a double-armed camera designed to perform NIR/ MIR (2-28 μm) Astronomy from Antarctica. It will be installed at Dome C in 2010-2011. An overview of the instrument is given, with attention to the following features: 1) Winterization: AMICA has been tested under Antarctic conditions to be operated in severe environments; 2) Automation: AMICA does not require human intervention; 3) Fast acquisition: AMICA can get images with exposure times less than 3 msec; 4) Survey-mode observations: the low background in Antarctica allows AMICA to have FOVs of 2.29 arcmin (NIR) and 2.89 arcmin (MIR), without saturation even with wide-band filters.
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M. Dolci, O. Straniero, G. Di Rico, G. Valentini, A. Riva, A. Di Cianno, M. Ragni, C. Giuliani, A. Valentini, F. Bortoletto, M. D'Alessandro, D. Magrin, C. Bonoli, D. Fantinel, L. Corcione, C. A. Abia, M. Busso, and G. Tosti "AMICA: the NIR/MIR camera for automatic astronomical observations from Dome C, Antarctica", Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77353L (19 July 2010);


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