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New balloon-borne telescope for far-infrared astronomy
Author(s): Seiko Arimura; Hiroshi Shibai; Mitsunobu Kawada; Atsushi Ito; Makoto Tanaka; Shinya Hirooka; Yasuo Doi; Takao Nakagawa; Masanao Narita; Hidehiro Kaneda; Masahiro Tanaka; Takanao Tohya; Shin'ichiro Makiuti; Yoshihiko Okamura; Haruyuki Okuda; T. N. Rengarajan
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Paper Abstract

We have developed the new balloon-borne telescope, Far Infrared Balloon-Borne Experiment (FIRBE), to survey the far-infrared radiations of star-forming regions. The primary mirror is an offset parabolid with a diameter of 50 cm (F/2) and telescope structure is made from Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics to lighten the whole telescope and hold the strain of image at the focal position minimum since its thermal contraction is very small. The telescope optics is off-axis system with on second mirror and no warm support structure in its optical path in order to reduce the infrared emission from the telescope structure itself.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, (20 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389099
Show Author Affiliations
Seiko Arimura, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Hiroshi Shibai, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Mitsunobu Kawada, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Atsushi Ito, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Makoto Tanaka, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Shinya Hirooka, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Yasuo Doi, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Takao Nakagawa, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Masanao Narita, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Hidehiro Kaneda, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Masahiro Tanaka, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Takanao Tohya, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Shin'ichiro Makiuti, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Yoshihiko Okamura, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Haruyuki Okuda, Gunma Astronomical Observatory (Japan)
T. N. Rengarajan, TATA Institute of Fundamental Research (India)


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

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