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New Frontiers in Submillimetre-Wave and Far-Infrared Atmospheric Science Workshop

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The British Antarctic Survey, the Cavendish Laboratory and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge have initiated a pilot study to assess how current and future developments in advanced submillimetre-wave and far-infrared spectroscopic and radiometric imaging technology can be used to address key challenges in observational atmospheric science. We are focusing on understanding and prioritising the scientific objectives, reviewing the current state of the art for instruments operating at wavelengths of between 3mm (100 GHz) and 100μm (3 THz), understanding what technological developments are likely to take place over the next 10 years, and assessing how the new technology can be deployed and used in remote and harsh environments, such as the polar regions. Our pilot study is being conducted in a top-down way, by first reviewing the scientific challenges, and then carrying out a quantitative study of instrumental needs. The most sensitive instruments currently available for this wavelength range have been developed for astronomy, but it is surprising how little of this technology has been used for atmospheric science. For example, a new generation of radiometric chip spectrometers is emerging, where each chip is capable of observing many widely spaced spectral lines simultaneously with extreme sensitivity. These are solid-state devices that can be configured and readout easily over a fibre-optic link, leading to the possibility of intelligent, automated, and reconfigurable instruments. In order to review the scientific challenges in areas such as atmospheric chemistry and dynamics and environmental monitoring, to consider what basic technology and instrument development is needed over the coming decade, and to assess how this maps onto current technological capability and future expectations, we are holding an Open Workshop at the Møller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge on Tuesday 10th February 2014: There will be a number of invited reviews, covering a range of science and technology topics, some contributed talks, and ample time for networking and discussion. We anticipate a small, focused meeting with approximately 50 participants. The Workshop will begin at 9.00am for 0939 and end at 4.00pm. All participants must register by sending an email to Emma Turner on Places are limited. There is no registration fee, and lunch is provided. All correspondence and enquiries should be directed to:

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