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18 July 2008 Recent results obtained on the APEX 12 m antenna with the ArTeMiS prototype camera
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ArTeMiS is a camera designed to operate on large ground based submillimetric telescopes in the 3 atmospheric windows 200, 350 and 450 µm. The focal plane of this camera will be equipped with 5760 bolometric pixels cooled down at 300 mK with an autonomous cryogenic system. The pixels have been manufactured, based on the same technology processes as used for the Herschel-PACS space photometer. We review in this paper the present status and the future plans of this project. A prototype camera, named P-ArTeMiS, has been developed and successfully tested on the KOSMA telescope in 2006 at Gornergrat 3100m, Switzerland. Preliminary results were presented at the previous SPIE conference in Orlando (Talvard et al, 2006). Since then, the prototype camera has been proposed and successfully installed on APEX, a 12 m antenna operated by the Max Planck Institute für Radioastronomie, the European Southern Observatory and the Onsala Space Observatory on the Chajnantor site at 5100 m altitude in Chile. Two runs have been achieved in 2007, first in March and the latter in November. We present in the second part of this paper the first processed images obtained on star forming regions and on circumstellar and debris disks. Calculated sensitivities are compared with expectations. These illustrate the improvements achieved on P-ArTeMiS during the 3 experimental campaigns.
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M. Talvard, P. André, L. Rodriguez, Y. Le-Pennec, C. De Breuck, V. Revéret, P. Agnèse, O. Boulade, E. Doumayrou, D. Dubreuil, E. Ercolani, P. Gallais, B. Horeau, PO Lagage, B. Leriche, M. Lortholary, J. Martignac, V. Minier, E. Pantin, D. Rabanus, J. Relland, and G. Willmann "Recent results obtained on the APEX 12 m antenna with the ArTeMiS prototype camera", Proc. SPIE 7020, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 70200A (18 July 2008);


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