Journal article

Scientific Goals of the Kunlun Infrared Sky Survey (KISS)

Michael G Burton, Jessica Zheng, Jeremy Mould, Jeff Cooke, Michael Ireland, Syed Ashraf Uddin, Hui Zhang, Xiangyan Yuan, Jon Lawrence, Michael CB Ashley, Xuefeng Wu, Chris Curtin, Lifan Wang

PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

The high Antarctic plateau provides exceptional conditions for infrared observations on account of the cold, dry and stable atmosphere above the ice surface. This paper describes the scientific goals behind the first program to examine the time-varying universe in the infrared from Antarctica-the Kunlun Infrared Sky Survey (KISS). This will employ a 50cm telescope to monitor the southern skies in the 2.4μmK dark window from China's Kunlun station at Dome A, on the summit of the Antarctic plateau, through the uninterrupted 4-month period of winter darkness. An earlier paper discussed optimisation of the K dark filter for sensitivity (Li et al. 2016). This paper examines the scientific program..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council


Awarded by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)


Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the Australian Research Council for funding of the KISS camera under the Linkage Infrastructure Equipment Facility (LIEF) scheme, grant number LE150100024. Useful conversations were held with Maren Hempel and Phil Lucas which helped guide the survey planning. We are also grateful for the support of ACAMAR, the Australia-ChinA ConsortiuM for Astrophysical Research, which helped stimulate the work presented here by bringing the participants together.JC acknowledges the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship FT130101219. Parts of this research were conducted by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), through project number CE110001020.