The Submillimeter Telescope Observatory: A Progress Report

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Session 8 -- Radio Surveys and Techniques
Display presentation, Monday, 9, 1995, 9:20am - 6:30pm

[8.05] The Submillimeter Telescope Observatory: A Progress Report

R. N. Martin, J. G. Mangum, J. W. M. Baars, W. L. Peters, J. P. McMullin (SMTO)

The Heinrich Hertz Telescope (HHT) of the Submillimeter Telescope Observatory (SMTO) is a collaborative effort of the Max-Planck-Institut f\"ur Radioastronomie, Bonn and Steward Observatory, Tucson. It is a 10~m diameter telescope, dedicated to the submillimeter wavelength range and placed in an enclosure which will protect the telescope during inclement weather. Construction of the telescope on Mount Graham, at an elevation of 3200~m, was completed in July 1993. Several technological innovations have been used in the design of the telescope which will assure excellent performance at wavelengths as short as 0.3~mm. The initial instrumentation capabilities of the SMTO facility will be comprised of SIS heterodyne receivers at 1.3, 0.8, and 0.6~mm, a submillimeter bolometer system which will make continuum measurements in the 1.3, 0.8, 0.6, and 0.4~mm atmospheric windows, wide- and narrow-band acousto-optical spectrometers, a 2 GHz-bandwidth cable delay spectrometer, and a Fourier Transform Spectrometer. This presentation will summarize the current development status of the SMTO.

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