|The Australia Telescope National Facility Colloquium|
|13:30-15:00 Wed 05 Mar 2008|
ATNF Marsfield Lecture Theatre
Will Saunders¹, Michael Burton², Jon Lawrence², John Storey²
(¹Anglo-Australian Observatory / ²University of NSW)
The PILOT Roadshow - Will Saunders, Michael Burton, Jon lawrence, John Storey Colloquium
PILOT (the Pathfinder for an International Large Optical Telescope) is a proposed 2.4m optical/infrared telescope for Dome C on the Antarctic plateau, where the median seeing is 0.3" and the thermal backgrounds 1-2 orders of magnitude below temperate sites. It would be a joint European/Australian facility, with target first light in 2012. The proposed design accommodates both diffraction-limited and wide-field seeing-limited observations, from 0.4-20 µm. Key science drivers include Galactic ecology, the oldest galaxies, the most distant gamma-ray bursts, and the equation of state of the Universe.
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