AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 103. Instrumentation for Radio Wavelengths
Display, Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[103.06] SCUBA-2: A new generation submillimeter imager for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

W. S. Holland, W.D. Duncan, M.D. Audley, B.D. Kelly, T. Peacocke, M. MacIntosh, T. Hodson (UK-ATC, Edinburgh), K.D. Irwin, G. Hilton (NIST, Boulder CO), A. Walton, A. Gundlach (University of Edinburgh, UK), P.A.R. Ade (University of Wales, Cardiff, UK), E.I. Robson (Joint Astronomy Centre, Hilo HI)

We present an update on the progress of SCUBA-2: a new, wide-field submillimetre camera for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope. With over 12,000 pixels, in two arrays, SCUBA-2 will be able to map the submillimeter sky 1000 times faster than the current SCUBA instrument on the JCMT to the same signal-to-noise. All areas of astronomy are expected to benefit: from studies of galaxy formation and evolution in the early Universe to understanding star and planet formation in our own Galaxy. Due on the telescope in early 2006, SCUBA-2 will also act as a "pathfinder" for the new generation of submm interferometers (e.g. SMA and ALMA). Some of the exciting science prospects and challenging technology are described in the poster.

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