EDP Sciences
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Volume 497, Number 3, April III 2009
Page(s) 945 - 962
Section Astronomical instrumentation
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/200811454
Published online 18 February 2009
A&A 497, 945-962 (2009)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/200811454

The Large APEX BOlometer CAmera LABOCA

G. Siringo1, E. Kreysa1, A. Kovács1, F. Schuller1, A. Weiß1, W. Esch1, H.-P. Gemünd1, N. Jethava2, G. Lundershausen1, A. Colin3, R. Güsten1, K. M. Menten1, A. Beelen4, F. Bertoldi5, J. W. Beeman6, and E. E. Haller6

1  Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany
    e-mail: gsiringo@mpifr-bonn.mpg.de
2  National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
3  Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria (CSIC-UC), Avda. Los Castros, 39005 Santander, Spain
4  Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Bât. 121, Université Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France
5  Argelander-Institut für Astronomie, University of Bonn, Auf dem Hügel 71, 53121 Bonn, Germany
6  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

Received 1 December 2008 / Accepted 21 January 2009

The Large APEX BOlometer CAmera, LABOCA, has been commissioned for operation as a new facility instrument at the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment 12 m submillimeter telescope. This new 295-bolometer total power camera, operating in the 870 ${\mu}$m atmospheric window, combined with the high efficiency of APEX and the excellent atmospheric transmission at the site, offers unprecedented capability in mapping submillimeter continuum emission for a wide range of astronomical purposes.

Key words: instrumentation: detectors -- instrumentation: photometers -- submillimeter -- methods: observational

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