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SPECS: the submillimeter probe of the evolution of cosmic structure
Author(s): S. A. Rinehart
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Paper Abstract

The concept for the Submillimeter Probe of the Evolution of Cosmic Structure (SPECS) was investigated through NASA Vision Missions Program. In the course of this study, a compelling need for high spatial-resolution far-infrared/submillimeter observations with high angular resolution (50 milliarcseconds) was identified. In order to achieve these scientific goals, a kilometer-baseline far-infrared/submillimeter Michelson stellar interferometer is required, operating in the 40-640 micron range with fully cryogenically cooled optics and photon-limited detectors. There are significant technological challenges to developing this mission, including controllable tethered flight, detector development, and large cryogenic mechanisms. We present here a concept for SPECS and discuss some of the relevant technical aspects of the mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 626520 (14 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672038
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S. A. Rinehart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

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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