Accession Number N20120011743
Title US Instrument Options for the SPICA Observatory.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 3p
Personal Author B. Keer C. Davis D. Benford D. Rossetti J. Townsend R. Carter S. Benner S. Leete
Abstract NASA has engaged in studying options for a US contribution to the Japanese-led Space II Astrophysics (SPICA). This cryogenic 3m-class telescope builds on the scientific and technological legacies of Akari and Hershel. The primary portion of a US contribution would be a far-infrared spectrometer, but with a sensitivity several hundred times greater than Herschel, opening up this wavelength range for study of emission lines from galaxies up to the highest redshifts. We describe efforts to formulate an approach that fits within project and programmatic constraints and fulfills the scientific promise of the SPICA observatory.
Keywords Astrophysics
Cosmology
Cryogenics
Emission spectra
Far infrared radiation
Japanese space program
Red shift
Sensitivity
Spaceborne telescopes
Spectrometers

 
Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 46 - Physics
54C - Astrophysics
Corporate Author Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.
Document Type Conference proceedings
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1226
Contract Number N/A

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