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Compact and versatile far-infrared imager for SIRTF
Author(s): Craig L. Thompson; George H. Rieke; Erick T. Young
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Paper Abstract

We present the design for the multiband imaging photometer for SIRTF (MIPS). MIPS is a versatile instrument that provides diffraction-limited imaging at 30 micrometers , 70 micrometers , and 160 micrometers . MIPS also provides low resolution (5%) spectroscopy in the 50 - 100 micrometers wavelength range to allow the determination of far-infrared spectral energy distributions. The 70 micrometers array can also be used in a special high resolution mode that supports image reconstruction techniques for improved angular resolution. The one cryogenic mechanism on MIPS is a scanning mirror based on a space-qualified design used on the Infrared Space Observatory. We describe modifications to the scan mechanism to optimize it for use at very long wavelengths.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2475, Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy, (6 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.211283
Show Author Affiliations
Craig L. Thompson, Univ. of Arizona Steward Observatory (United States)
George H. Rieke, Univ. of Arizona Steward Observatory (United States)
Erick T. Young, Univ. of Arizona Steward Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2475:
Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy
Albert M. Fowler, Editor(s)

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