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27 September 2012 First observations with SuperCam and future plans
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Supercam is a 345 GHz, 64-pixel heterodyne imaging array for the Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope (HHSMT). By integrating SIS mixer devices with Low Noise Ampliers (LNAs) in 8 - 1x8 pixel modules, the size needed for the cryostat and the complexity of internal wiring is signicantly reduced. All subsystems including the optics, cryostat, bias system, IF boxes, and spectrometer have been integrated for all 64 pixels. In the spring of 2012, SuperCam was installed on the HHSMT for an engineering run where it underwent system level tests and performed rst light observations. In the fall of 2012 SuperCam will begin a 500 square degree survey of the Galactic Plane in 12CO J=3-2. This large-scale survey will help answer fundamental questions about the formation, physical conditions, and energetics of molecular clouds within the Milky Way. The data set will be available via the web to all interested researchers.
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Jenna Kloosterman, Tiara Cottam, Brandon Swift, David Lesser, Paul Schickling, Christopher Groppi, Michael Borden, Allison Towner, Per Schmidt, Craig Kulesa, Christian d'Aubigny, Christopher Walker, Dathon Golish, Sander Weinreb, Glenn Jones, Hamdi Mani, Jacob Kooi, Art Lichtenberger, Patrick Puetz, and Gopal Narayanan "First observations with SuperCam and future plans", Proc. SPIE 8452, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 845204 (27 September 2012); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.925088
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