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Estimated performance of the Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) instrument
Author(s): David L. Shupe; Mark F. Larsen; Steven D. Sargent; James Q. Peterson; Joseph J. Tansock; Thomas S. Luchik; Perry B. Hacking; Terry L. Herter
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Paper Abstract

The Wide-Field IR Explorer (WIRE) is a small spaceborne cryogenic IR telescope being readied for launch in September 1998. Part of NASA's Small Explorer program, WIRE will carry out a deep pointed survey in broad 24 and 12 micron passbands designed primarily to study the evolution of starburst galaxies and to search for protogalaxies. The strategy for the WIRE survey and its stare-and-dither technique for building up long exposure times are described. An overview of the WIRE instrument is presented, with emphasis on the results of ground characterization and expected on-orbit performance of the WIRE optics and the Si:As focal plane arrays. The result of the ground characterization demonstrate that WIRE will meet or exceed the requirements for its science objectives. A brief overview is given of the primary and additional science that will be enabled by WIRE.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3356, Space Telescopes and Instruments V, (28 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324463
Show Author Affiliations
David L. Shupe, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mark F. Larsen, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Steven D. Sargent, Utah State Univ. (United States)
James Q. Peterson, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Joseph J. Tansock, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Thomas S. Luchik, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Perry B. Hacking, Jamieson Science and Engineering (United States)
Terry L. Herter, Cornell Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3356:
Space Telescopes and Instruments V
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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