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Wide-field infrared explorer (WIRE)
Author(s): Helene R. Schember; Perry B. Hacking
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Paper Abstract

We have proposed to build the Wide Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE), capable of detecting typical starburst galaxies at a redshift of 0.5, ultraluminous infrared galaxies beyond a redshift of 2, and luminous protogalaxies beyond a redshift of 5. This instrument will survey about 100 deg2 of high Galactic latitude sky at 12 and 25 micrometers , in passbands where 20% of the luminosity from local starbursts is radiated. WIRE will measure the 12 - 25 micrometers color of the starburst galaxies, which is a powerful statistical luminosity indicator. The distribution of starburst galaxy 12 - 25 micrometers colors as a function of flux density will reveal their evolutionary history and perhaps the presence of protogalaxies at high redshifts. During its four-month mission lifetime, WIRE will gather important data on starburst galaxies and amass a catalog exceeding the size of the IRAS Point Source Catalog. WIRE is specifically designed to detect the maximum number of high-redshift starburst galaxies using an extremely small and simple instrument. The 28 cm aperture Cassegrain telescope has no moving parts and a wide 34 X 34 arcminute field of view.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2019, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing, (1 October 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.157845
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Helene R. Schember, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Perry B. Hacking, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2019:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing
Marija S. Scholl, Editor(s)

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