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The Large Apex BOlometer CAmera

LABOCA is a multi-channel bolometer array for continuum observations. It was built by the bolometer development group of the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie in Bonn.

Publications based on data obtained with LABOCA should cite the following reference paper: "The Large APEX BOlometer CAmera LABOCA", G. Siringo et al., Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 497, Issue 3, 2009, pp.945-962 [2009A&A...497..945S]

The instrument was first installed at APEX in September 2006. It was then continuously improved until the commissioning and science verification in May/June 2007. The last version for LABOCA commissioning report can be downloaded from LABOCA_commissioning_report. Since then it is available for regular observations. The LABOCA observing is usually organized in dedicated time-blocks because the operation depends on the availability of liquid helium on site. These time-blocks will usually be announced in the corresponding calls for proposals.