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SOFIA in the era of JWST and ALMA
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Paper Abstract

SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, is a joint project between NASA and the German Aerospace Center DLR to provide infrared and sub-millimeter observing capabilities to the worldwide astronomical community. With a wide range of instruments that cover both imaging and spectroscopy, SOFIA has produced unique scientific results that could not be obtained with a ground-based facility. In the coming decade, SOFIA will be a critical complement to the other major facilities for astronomical research, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) by filling in the otherwise unobservable wavelength range of 30–300 μm. SOFIA provides a wide range of instrumentation, and this paper will describe some of the new capabilities in heterodyne spectroscopy, direct detection spectroscopy, and polarimetry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10700, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII, 107000E (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314222
Show Author Affiliations
Harold W. Yorke, Univs. Space Research Association (United States)
NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Erick T. Young, Univs. Space Research Association (United States)
NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Eric E. Becklin, Univs. Space Research Association (United States)
NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10700:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII
Heather K. Marshall; Jason Spyromilio; Roberto Gilmozzi, Editor(s)

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