MUSCAT is a next-generation large-format mm-wavelength camera, MUSCAT (Mexico-UK Sub-mm Camera for Astronomy), for the 50-m diameter Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) in Puebla, Mexico. MUSCAT has a focal plane consisting of approximately 1,500 kinetic inductance detectors developed at Cardiff University, UK. The MUSCAT collaboration is jointly led by Cardiff University in the UK and Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE) in Mexico.
MUSCAT will be located at the 50-m Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) in Puebla, Mexico. The LMT is the world´s largest single-dish telescope operating at 1.1 mm situated on a high-altitude site (4600 m) in central Mexico with excellent atmospheric conditions for mm-wavelength astronomy. The LMT is a new and unique scientific facility and the addition of MUSCAT at the LMT allows for an exciting step change in the possibilities from ground-based astronomy.
MUSCAT is currently in full-scale development and will be integrated into the LMT during late 2018, with the first science semester following soon after.
MUSCAT is funded jointly by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) through the Newton Fund.