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SPIRE: The bolometer camera and spectrometer for FIRST

Gear, Walter K. ORCID: and Griffin, Matthew Joseph ORCID: 1999. SPIRE: The bolometer camera and spectrometer for FIRST. Presented at: Imaging at radio through submillimeter wavelengths, Tucsan, AZ, 6-9 June, 1999. Published in: Mangum, Jeffrey Gary and Radford, Simon John Elliott eds. Imaging at radio through submillimeter wavelengths : proceedings of a meeting held at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 6-9 June, 1999. Astronomical Society of the Pacific conference series (217) San Francisco, California: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, p. 126.

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We describe the scientific goals and outline design for the SPIRE instrument to be launched on the ESA cornerstone mission FIRST. SPIRE is a bolometer instrument covering the wavelength rage 200-600 microns, and will have three imaging channels centred at approximately 250, 350 and 500 microns, along with a broad-band imaging Fourier transform spectrometer operating from 200-670 microns. The photometer will observe the same 4 x 8 arcminute field of view simultaneously in all three bands with diffraction-limited angular resolution (18 arcseconds at 250 microns). The spectrometer will have a field of view of 2.6 × 2.6 arcminutes and will have spectral resolution adjustable from approximately 20 to 1000. The detector arrays will operate at helium-3 temperature (0.3 K). The primary science goals of SPIRE are deep extragalactic and galactic surveys for high-redshift galaxies and young protostellar sources respectively, and follow-up spectrophotometric observations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Publisher: Astronomical Society of the Pacific
ISBN: 9781583810491
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