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Planck pre-launch status: The optical system

Tauber, J. A., Norgaard-Nielsen, H. U., Ade, Peter A. R., Amiri Parian, J., Banos, T., Bersanelli, M., Burigana, C., Chamballu, A., de Chambure, D., Christensen, P. R., Corre, O., Cozzani, A., Crill, B., Crone, G., D'Arcangelo, O., Daddato, R., Doyle, D., Dubruel, D., Forma, G., Hills, R., Huffenberger, K., Jaffe, A. H., Jessen, N., Kletzkine, P., Lamarre, J. M., Leahy, J. P., Longval, Y., de Maagt, P., Maffei, B., Mandolesi, N., Martí-Canales, J., Martín-Polegre, A., Martin, P., Mendes, L., Murphy, J. A., Nielsen, P., Noviello, F., Paquay, M., Peacocke, T., Ponthieu, N., Pontoppidan, K., Ristorcelli, I., Riti, J. B., Rolo, L., Rosset, C., Sandri, M., Savini, G., Sudiwala, Rashmikant, Tristram, M., Valenziano, L., van der Vorst, M., van 't Klooster, K., Villa, F. and Yurchenko, V. 2010. Planck pre-launch status: The optical system. Astronomy and Astrophysics 520 , A2. 10.1051/0004-6361/200912911

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Planck is a scientific satellite that represents the next milestone in space-based research related to the cosmic microwave background, and in many other astrophysical fields. Planck was launched on 14 May of 2009 and is now operational. The uncertainty in the optical response of its detectors is a key factor allowing Planck to achieve its scientific objectives. More than a decade of analysis and measurements have gone into achieving the required performances. In this paper, we describe the main aspects of the Planck optics that are relevant to science, and the estimated in-flight performance, based on the knowledge available at the time of launch. We also briefly describe the impact of the major systematic effects of optical origin, and the concept of in-flight optical calibration. Detailed discussions of related areas are provided in accompanying papers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: cosmic microwave background / space vehicles: instruments / instrumentation: detectors / instrumentation: polarimeters / submillimeter: general / telescopes
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 17/04/2014)
Publisher: EDP Sciences
ISSN: 0004-6361
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:09

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