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ESPRIT: a space interferometer concept for the far-infrared
Author(s): W. Wild; Th. de Graauw; F. Helmich; J. Cernicharo; A. Gunst; A. Bos; J.-W. den Herder; B. Jackson; H.-J. Langevelde; P. Maat; J. Martin-Pintado; J. Noordam; A. Quirrenbach; P. Roelfsema; L. Venema; P. Wesselius; P. Yagoubov
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Paper Abstract

In the far-infrared (FIR) / THz regime the angular (and often spectral) resolution of observing facilities is still very restricted despite the fact that this frequency range has become of prime importance for modern astrophysics. ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array) with its superb sensitivity and angular resolution will only cover frequencies up to about 1 THz, while the HIFI instrument for ESA'a Herschel Space Observatory will provide limited angular resolution (10 to 30 arcsec) up to 2 THz. Observations of regions with star and planet formation require extremely high angular resolution as well as frequency resolution in the full THz regime. In order to open these regions for high-resolution astrophysics we propose a heterodyne space interferometer mission, ESPRIT (Exploratory Submm Space Radio-Interferometric Telescope), for the Terahertz regime inaccessible from ground and outside the operating range of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62651Z (7 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672012
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W. Wild, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)
Th. de Graauw, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
F. Helmich, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
J. Cernicharo, CSIC, Madrid (Spain)
A. Gunst, ASTRON, Dwingeloo (Netherlands)
A. Bos, ASTRON, Dwingeloo (Netherlands)
J.-W. den Herder, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
B. Jackson, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
H.-J. Langevelde, ASTRON, Dwingeloo (Netherlands)
P. Maat, ASTRON, Dwingeloo (Netherlands)
J. Martin-Pintado, CSIC, Madrid (Spain)
J. Noordam, ASTRON, Dwingeloo (Netherlands)
A. Quirrenbach, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
P. Roelfsema, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)
L. Venema, ASTRON, Dwingeloo (Netherlands)
P. Wesselius, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)
P. Yagoubov, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)


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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