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Performance evaluation of the Herschel/SPIRE imaging Fourier transform spectrometer
Author(s): David A. Naylor; Jean-Paul Baluteau; Peter Davis-Imhof; Marc J. Ferlet; Trevor R. Fulton; Bruce M. Swinyard
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Paper Abstract

The Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) is one of three scientific instruments on ESA's Herschel Space Observatory. An imaging Fourier transform spectrometer, of the Mach-Zehnder configuration, provides low to medium resolution spectroscopic capability for SPIRE. The performance of the instrument is being evaluated during a series of test campaigns of the flight model before delivery to ESA. In this paper we present preliminary performance characteristics of the SPIRE spectrometer from the first test campaign of the flight model. We verify the instrument's conformance with fundamental design specifications such as spectral coverage and resolution. In addition, we identify, quantify, and explain some instrumental artefacts that have been observed during these tests.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 June 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 626530 (15 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671747
Show Author Affiliations
David A. Naylor, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Jean-Paul Baluteau, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Peter Davis-Imhof, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Marc J. Ferlet, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Trevor R. Fulton, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Bruce M. Swinyard, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6265:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
John C. Mather; Howard A. MacEwen; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw, Editor(s)

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