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Submillimeter astronomy investigation of line spectra (SAILS): a balloon-borne instrument
Author(s): Michael D. Seiffert; William D. Langer; Steven D. Lord; John C. Pearson; William R. McGrath
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Paper Abstract

The Submillimeter Astronomy Investigation of Line Spectra is a balloon-borne experiment under study for a 100 day ultra- long duration balloon mission. The experiment would survey the galactic plane with 1 arc minute angular resolution and 1 km/sec velocity resolution in the important submillimeter lines of CII, NII, and OI. These tracers provide the structure and energetics of major components of the interstellar medium. This knowledge is crucial for understanding the life cycle of the Galactic gas and the processes of star formation and galactic evolution. This instrument's survey of large regions of the galactic plane complements both FIRST and SOFIA which will excel at pointed observations with higher angular resolution and broader spectral coverage. Details of the instrument design and observing strategy are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, (20 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389098
Show Author Affiliations
Michael D. Seiffert, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
William D. Langer, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Steven D. Lord, California Inst. of Technology (United States)
John C. Pearson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
William R. McGrath, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4014:
Airborne Telescope Systems
Ramsey K. Melugin; Hans-Peter Roeser, Editor(s)

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