Special Session SS30  24 June 2019

Aims and scope

Antarctica provides unique conditions on Earth to explore the universe thanks to its extremely cold environment, ultra-clear polar ice, exceptional atmospheric conditions, low content of precipitable water, and uninterrupted night. Several astronomical experiments have been installed at the summit of high plateaus, at the South Pole, or on the coast. They cover a broad range of wavelengths and topics from cosmic microwave background to optical and infrared surveys, to cosmic rays and neutrinos. These experiments share similar environment and logistics and face similar technical challenges. This Special Session aims at gathering astronomers using Antarctica as a platform and those interested in doing so to share about their experience, results, and ideas, and at informing the community about the Antarctic opportunity for astronomy.

Note: Due to the short duration of the session, we will have a small number of invited talks followed by a discussion. Thus, we cannot include contributed talks, but we welcome ideas and comments during the discussion, as well as e-posters. Please contact us for more information.


  • Conditions at the Antarctic sites
  • Neutrino detection and high energy astrophysics
  • Optical surveys and extension to the infrared
  • CMB measurements and study of the early universe
  • Future projects to expand astronomy from Antarctica

Invited speakers

  • Simona Toscano (Inter University Institute For High Energies, Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • Anna Moore (Australian National University)
  • Paolo de Bernardis (Dipartimento di Fisica, Universitá di Roma La Sapienza & INFN, Sezione di Roma)

Scientific organisers

  • Nicolas Crouzet (Chair)
  • Elia Battistelli (Co-chair)
  • Isabelle Vauglin
  • Anna Nelles
  • Gil Moretto
  • Silvia Masi
  • Marc Sarazin


Nicolas Crouzet ( nicolas.crouzet @ esa.int ), Elia Battistelli ( elia.battistelli @ roma1.infn.it )

Updated on Thu Feb 28 15:47:49 CET 2019