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Submillimeter and far-infrared experiment (SAFIRE): a PI class instrument for SOFIA
Author(s): Richard A. Shafer; Samuel Harvey Moseley; Peter A. R. Ade; Dominic J. Benford; G. Bjoraker; Eli Dwek; David A. Neufeld; Francois Pajot; Thomas G. Phillips; Gordon J. Stacey
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Paper Abstract

SAFIRE is a versatile imaging Fabry-Perot spectrograph covering 145 to 655 microns, with spectral resolving powers ranging over 5 - 10,000. Selected as a `PI' instrument for the airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). SAFIRE will apply 2D pop-up bolometer arrays to provide background-limited imaging spectrometry. Superconducting transition edge bolometers and SQUID multiplexers are being developed for these detectors. SAFIRE is expected to be a `First Light' instrument, usable during the initial SOFIA operations. Although a PI instrument rather than a `Facility Class' science instrument, it will be highly integrated with the standard SOFIA planning, observation, and data analysis tools.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, (20 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389126
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Richard A. Shafer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Samuel Harvey Moseley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter A. R. Ade, Queen Mary and Westfield College (United Kingdom)
Dominic J. Benford, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
G. Bjoraker, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Eli Dwek, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David A. Neufeld, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Francois Pajot, Univ. de Paris-Sud (France)
Thomas G. Phillips, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Gordon J. Stacey, Cornell Univ. (United States)

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

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