SPARO: The submillimeter polarimeter for Antarctic remote observing

Jessie L. Dotson, Giles Novak, Tom Renbarger, Dave Pernic, Jeffrey L. Sundwall

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The South Pole has been identified as an excellent submillimeter site. Submillimeter continuum work at the South Pole promises to address several essential issues in astronomy including the morphology of the magnetic field in the galactic center and the search for protogalaxies. Here we will discuss the Submillimeter Polarimeter for Antarctic Remote Observing (SPARO), the first sub-kelvin cryostat designed for operation in the hostile Antarctic winter environment. We have implemented several novel design concepts, including a vapor cooled 4He cryostat and a capillary fed pumped 4He stage, in order to construct a long holdtime system with simplified operation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-547
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
EventAdvanced Technology MMW, Radio, and Terahertz Telescopes - Kona, HI, United States
Duration: Mar 26 1998Mar 26 1998


  • Antarctic astronomy
  • Submillimeter instrumentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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