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FIS: far-infrared surveyor on board the IRIS
Author(s): Mitsunobu Kawada
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Paper Abstract

The far-IR Surveyor (IRS) is one of the two focal plane instruments of the IR Imaging Surveyor, IRIS, which is a Japanese IR astronomical satellite. FIS is designed primarily to perform an all-sky survey with several photometric bands like IRAS. Advantages of FIS to IRAS are its high detectivity of point sources and its longer wavelength capability. These features are gained by remarkable improvement in detector technology. FIS adopts currently developed unstressed and stressed Ge:Ga array detectors to cover 50 to 200 micrometers in wavelength. Due to highly sensitive detector system, it is expected to detect over 10 million objects by the all-sky, including a lot of high-z objects. FIS also has spectroscopic capability by a Fourier spectrometer covering 50 to 200 cm-1 in wave number with spectral resolution of 0.5 cm-1. The same detector arrays of the scanner are used and these two functions are switched. As a result of combining a spectroscopic function with the scanner, FIS becomes a unique instrument. The basic observation mode of the FIS is an all-sky survey using the scanner. The spectroscopic function is operated in the pointing mode in which it can take longer integration time. Spectral information can be used to estimate the redshifts of strange objects detected by the all-sky survey. The spectrometer is also a powerful instrument to reveal the physical properties of galactic and nearby sources.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317292
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Mitsunobu Kawada, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3354:
Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation
Albert M. Fowler, Editor(s)

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