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Preliminary results from Herschel-SPIRE flight instrument testing
Author(s): Tanya Lim; Bruce Swinyard; Matthew Griffin; Asier Aramburu; Jean-Paul Baluteau; James Bock; Marc Ferlet; Trevor Fulton; Douglas Griffin; Steven Guest; Peter Hargrave; Kenneth King; Sarah Leeks; David Naylor; Edward Polehampton; Davide Rizzo; Eric Sawyer; Bernhard Schulz; Sunil Sidher; Locke Spencer; David Smith; Hien Trong Nguyen; Ivan Valtchanov; Tim Waskett; Adam Woodcraft
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Paper Abstract

The Spectral and Photometric Imaging REceiver (SPIRE) is one of the three scientific instruments to fly on the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory, and contains a three-band imaging submillimetre photometer and an imaging Fourier transform spectrometer. The flight model of the SPIRE cold focal plane unit has been built up in stages with a cold test campaign associated with each stage. The first campaign focusing on the spectrometer took place in early 2005 and the second campaign focusing on the photometer was in Autumn 2005. SPIRE is currently undergoing its third cold test campaign following cryogenic vibration testing. Test results to date show that the instrument is performing very well and in general meets not only its requirements but also most of its performance goals. We present an overview of the instrument tests performed to date, and the preliminary results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62650F (6 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672752
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Tanya Lim, Rutherford Appleton Lab., CCLRC (United Kingdom)
Bruce Swinyard, Rutherford Appleton Lab., CCLRC (United Kingdom)
Matthew Griffin, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Asier Aramburu, Rutherford Appleton Lab., CCLRC (United Kingdom)
Jean-Paul Baluteau, Lab. d'Astrophysique Marseille, CNRS (France)
Univ. de Provence (France)
James Bock, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Marc Ferlet, Rutherford Appleton Lab., CCLRC (United Kingdom)
Trevor Fulton, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Douglas Griffin, Rutherford Appleton Lab., CCLRC (United Kingdom)
Steven Guest, Rutherford Appleton Lab., CCLRC (United Kingdom)
Peter Hargrave, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Kenneth King, Rutherford Appleton Lab., CCLRC (United States)
Sarah Leeks, ESA, ESTEC (Netherlands)
David Naylor, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Edward Polehampton, Rutherford Appleton Lab., CCLRC (United Kingdom)
Davide Rizzo, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
Eric Sawyer, Rutherford Appleton Lab., CCLRC (United Kingdom)
Bernhard Schulz, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Sunil Sidher, Rutherford Appleton Lab., CCLRC (United Kingdom)
Locke Spencer, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
David Smith, Rutherford Appleton Lab., CCLRC (United Kingdom)
Hien Trong Nguyen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ivan Valtchanov, ESA, ESTEC (Netherlands)
Tim Waskett, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Adam Woodcraft, Cardiff Univ. (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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