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Antarctic Research, a European Network for Astrophysics

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 26150

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 355 596

  • EU contribution

    € 1 355 596

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

Objective

The Antarctic Plateau provides unique environmental conditions for astronomical observations. Astronomers are seriously considering Antarctica as a possible site for the construction of a new large observatory mainly dedicated to infrared and very high angular resolution observations to investigate extra-solar planets, the formation and evolution of planets, stars and galaxies, and cosmology. Two member states, Italy and France, have recently completed the all-year round operated station CONCORDIA at Dome C, in the heart of Antarctica. The present programme is aimed to structure, reinforce and network several European laboratories and operators involved or willing to be involved in Antarctic astronomical investigations with the final objective to set up front-edge large instruments and focal equipments in the coming decade. The network consists of 4 activities in addition of the overall management. Number one concerns the site qualification, #2 aims to identify the technical polar constraints on the design of large astronomical instruments emphasising robotisation; #3 will foster collaborations between the operators of CONCORDIA and their users to add value to CONCORDIA, and #4 will focus on the selection of appropriate scientific key programs, implemented in synergy with ground based and space missions. Requested funds will contribute to the currently on-going site qualification, and will help structuring the still dispersed and scarce teams of European astronomers through organizing specialized workshops putting in close contact operators, users and industrial partners, and annual large international Conferences. The networks will deliver a detailed report on the site qualification over a period of 3 years,industrial reports and studies addressing the problematic of building large instruments at Dome C, a book of carefuly selected scientific key-programmes, and recommendations on the instrumental timeline of development.

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

Address

DÉLÉGation RÉGionale CÔTe D'Azur (Dr 20) - 250, Rue Albert Einstein
Valbonne

France

Participants (21)

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

ASTROPHYSICAL INSTITUTE POTSDAM

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA

Spain

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS

Spain

INSTITUTO DE ASTROFISICA DE CANARIAS

Spain

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF PERUGIA - DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

Italy

INSTITUT POLAIRE FRANCAIS PAUL EMILE VICTOR

France

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT E. V.

Germany

OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS

France

UNIVERSITÉ DE LIÈGE

Belgium

PNRA S.C.R.L. (CONSORZIO PER L'ATTUAZIONE DEL PROGRAMMA NAZIONALE DI RICERCHE IN ANTARTIDE)

Italy

THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Australia

SHAKTIWARE SAS

France

ADVANCED MECHANICAL AND OPTICAL SYSTEMS S.A.

Belgium

SOCIÉTÉ EUROPÉEENNE DE SYSTÈMES OPTIQUES

France

CENTRO DE ASTROFISICA DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

Germany

THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE

France

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 26150

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 355 596

  • EU contribution

    € 1 355 596

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France