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The European contribution to the SPICA mission
Author(s): Bruce Swinyard; Takao Nakagawa; Hideo Matsuhara; Doug Griffin; Marc Ferlet; Paul Eccleston; Anna di Giorgio; Jochem Baselmans; Javier Goicoechea; Kate Isaak; Phillip Mauskopf; Louis Rodriguez; Frederic Pinsard; Walfried Raab; Lionel Duband; Nicholas Luchier; Nicola Rando; Ana Heras; Thomas Jagemann; Norbert Geis; Sebastien Vives
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Paper Abstract

The Japanese led Space Infrared telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics (SPICA) will observe the universe over the 5 to 210 micron band with unprecedented sensitivity owing to its cold (~5 K) 3.5m telescope. The scientific case for a European involvement in the SPICA mission has been accepted by the ESA advisory structure and a European contribution to SPICA is undergoing an assessment study as a Mission of Opportunity within the ESA Cosmic Vision 1015-2015 science mission programme. In this paper we describe the elements that are being studied for provision by Europe for the SPICA mission. These entail ESA directly providing the cryogenic telescope and ground segment support and a consortium of European insitutes providing a Far Infrared focal plane instrument. In this paper we describe the status of the ESA study and the design status of the FIR focal plane instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 70100I (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789195
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Bruce Swinyard, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Takao Nakagawa, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Hideo Matsuhara, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Doug Griffin, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Marc Ferlet, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Paul Eccleston, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Anna di Giorgio, INAF-Istituto Fisica Spazio Interplanetario (Italy)
Jochem Baselmans, SRON National Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Javier Goicoechea, LERMA-LRA, CNRS, Observatoire de Paris et École Normale Supérieure (France)
Kate Isaak, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Phillip Mauskopf, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Louis Rodriguez, Service d'Astrophysique, DAPNIA, CEA Saclay (France)
Frederic Pinsard, Service d'Astrophysique, DAPNIA, CEA Saclay (France)
Walfried Raab, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Lionel Duband, Service des Basses Temperatures, DRFMC, CEA Grenoble (France)
Nicholas Luchier, Service des Basses Temperatures, DRFMC, CEA Grenoble (France)
Nicola Rando, ESA-Estec (Netherlands)
Ana Heras, ESA-Estec (Netherlands)
Thomas Jagemann, ESA-Estec (Netherlands)
Norbert Geis, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Sebastien Vives, Observatoire Astronomique Marseille Provence (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7010:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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