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Hale: a multiwavelength far-infrared polarimeter for SOFIA
Author(s): Charles Darren Dowell; J. A. Davidson; Jessie L. Dotson; Roger H. Hildebrand; Giles Novak; Timothy S. Rennick; John E. Vaillancourt
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Paper Abstract

A far-infrared polarimeter, Hale, will be proposed for the next round of instruments for SOFIA. Key features are: simultaneous detection of two components of polarization; detector arrays providing >4000 pixels on the sky; and four passbands between 53 μm and 215 μm, a range characterized by strong dependence of polarization on wavelength. At 53 μm the diffraction-limited resolution, 1.2 λ/D, will be 5.2 arcsec. In all passbands the systematic errors in polarization will be Δ(P) < 0.2%, Δθ< 2 °.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4843, Polarimetry in Astronomy, (14 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458645
Show Author Affiliations
Charles Darren Dowell, California Institute of Technology (United States)
J. A. Davidson, Univ. Space Research Association (United States)
Jessie L. Dotson, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Roger H. Hildebrand, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Giles Novak, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Timothy S. Rennick, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
John E. Vaillancourt, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4843:
Polarimetry in Astronomy
Silvano Fineschi, Editor(s)

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