The Submillimeter Telescope (SMT) - A Status Report

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Session 47 -- Radio Telescopes, Miscellaneous
Display presentation, Thursday, January 13, 9:30-6:45, Salons I/II Room (Crystal Gateway)

[47.03] The Submillimeter Telescope (SMT) - A Status Report

J. W. M. Baars, J. G. Mangum, R. N. Martin, W. L. Peters (SMTO, U. of Arizona)

The Submillimeter Telescope (SMT) is a collaborative effort of the Max-Planck-Institut f\"ur Radioastronomie, Bonn and Steward Observatory, Tucson. It is a 10 m diameter telescope, dedicated to the submillimeter wavelength range and placed in an enclosure which will protect the telescope during inclement weather. Construction of the telescope on Mount Graham, at an elevation of 3200~m, was completed in July 1993. Several technological innovations have been used in the design of the SMT which will assure excellent performance of the telescope at wavelengths as short as 0.3~mm. The initial instrumentation capabilities of the SMT facility will be comprised of SIS heterodyne receivers at 1.3, 0.8, and 0.6~mm, a submillimeter bolometer system which will make continuum measurements in the 1.3, 0.8, 0.6, and 0.4~mm atmospheric windows, wide- and narrow-band acousto-optical spectrometers, a 2 GHz-bandwidth cable delay spectrometer, and a Fourier Transform Spectrometer. This poster will summarize the current development status of the SMT.

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