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Advancing toward far-infrared interferometry in space through coordinated international efforts
Author(s): D. Leisawitz; A. Baryshev; M. J. Griffin; F. P. Helmich; R. J. Ivison; S. A. Rinehart; G. Savini; H. Shibai
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Paper Abstract

The international far-infrared astrophysics community is eager to follow up Spitzer and Herschel observations with sensitive, high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy, for such measurements are needed to understand merger-driven star formation, Active Galactic Nuclei, chemical enrichment in galaxies, star and planetary system formation, and the development and prevalence of water-bearing planets. Through concerted efforts worldwide, the key enabling technologies are maturing. NASA sponsored the SPIRIT Probe and SPECS flagship-class mission concept studies during the past decade. Experiments involving interferometry testbeds are underway in the UK and the US. With new EU Seventh Framework Programme support, the European community is undertaking science definition studies and investing in enabling technology for a future space far-IR interferometry mission. The Japanese balloon-borne far-IR interferometer FITE is being prepared for its maiden flight, and NASA’s BETTII balloon interferometer is under development, with contributions from the UK. This paper reviews recent technical progress, summarizes mission design tradeoffs, and offers a vision for space-based far-IR interferometry involving international collaboration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2013
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8860, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VI, 88600A (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024432
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D. Leisawitz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
A. Baryshev, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Kapteyn Instituut (Netherlands)
M. J. Griffin, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
F. P. Helmich, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Kapteyn Instituut (Netherlands)
R. J. Ivison, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
S. A. Rinehart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
G. Savini, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
H. Shibai, Osaka Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8860:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VI
Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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