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Optical Engineering

Infrared Astronomical Satellite
Author(s): H. H. Aumann; R. G. Walker
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Paper Abstract

The objective of the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) is to produce an unbiased all-sky survey in the wavelength region between 8 and 120 um. Using a 60 cm diameter helium cooled telescope and detector arrays which are essentially zodiacal light background photon noise limited, heretofore unprecedented sensitivity can be achieved. The optical design, the focal plane layout and expected performance of the current design concept are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1977
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 16(6) doi: 10.1117/12.7972158
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 16, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
H. H. Aumann, California Institute of Technology (United States)
R. G. Walker, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


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