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Herschel-SPIRE: design, ground test results, and predicted performance.

posted on 2023-06-07, 20:03 authored by Matt Griffin, Bruce Swinyard, Laurent Vigroux, Alain Abergel, Peter Ade, Philippe Andre, Jean-Paul Baluteau, James Bock, Alberto Franceschini, Walter Gear, Jason Glenn, Maohai Huang, Douglas Griffin, Ken King, Emmanuel Lellouch, David Naylor, Seb OliverSeb Oliver, Göran Olofsson, Ismael Perez-Fournon, Mat Page, Michael Rowan-Robinson, Paolo Saraceno, Eric Sawyer, Gillian Wright, Annie Zavagno, Asier Abreu, George Bendo, Alan Dowell, Darren Dowell, Marc Ferlet, Trevor Fulton, Peter Hargrave, Glenn Laurent, Sarah Leeks, Tanya Lim, Nanyao Lu, Hien Nguyen, Alan Pearce, Edward Polehampton, Davide Rizzo, Bernhard Schulz, Sunil Sidher, Dave Smith, Spencer Locke, Ivan Valtchanov, Adam Woodcraft, Kevin Xu, Lijun Zhang
SPIRE, the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver, is a submillimetre camera and spectrometer for Herschel. It comprises a three-band camera operating at 250, 350 and 500 µm, and an imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer covering 194-672 µm. The photometer field of view is 4×8 arcmin., viewed simultaneously in the three bands. The FTS has an approximately circular field of view of 2.6 arcmin. diameter and spectral resolution adjustable between 0.04 and 2 cm¿1 (¿/¿¿. =20-1000 at 250 µm). Following successful testing in a dedicated facility designed to simulate the in-flight operational conditions, SPIRE has been integrated in the Herschel spacecraft and is now undergoing system-level testing prior to launch. The main design features of SPIRE are reviewed, the key results of instrument testing are outlined, and a summary of the predicted in-flight performance is given.


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  • Published





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  • paper

Event name

Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter

Event location

Marseille; 23 June 2008 through 28 June 2008; Code 76173

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  • Physics and Astronomy Publications


Source: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

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