Journal article

Optimising the K Dark Filter for the Kunlun Infrared Sky Survey

Yushan Li, Jessica Zheng, Peter Tuthill, Matthew Freeman, Michael Ashley, Michael Burton, Jon Lawrence, Jeremy Mould, Lifan Wang

Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016


The Kunlun Infrared Sky Survey will be the first comprehensive exploration of the time varying Universe in the infrared. A key feature in optimising the scientific yield of this ambitious research programme is the choice of the survey passband. In particular, the survey aims to maximally exploit the unique thermal and atmospheric conditions pertaining to the high Antarctic site. By simulating the expected signal-to-noise for varying filter properties within the so-called ‘KDARK’ 2.4 μm window, filter performance can be tuned and best-case designs are given covering a range of conditions.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council LIEF

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank all our colleagues on the KISS team for helpful discussions. The KISS camera is acquired through Australian Research Council LIEF grant LE15100024.