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Recent progress in the development of mid-infrared medium resolution spectrometer (MRS) installed in SPICA/MCS
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Paper Abstract

Mid-infrared Medium Resolution Spectrometer (MRS) is one of the key spectroscopic modules of Mid- Infrared Camera and Spectrometers (MCS) that will be onboard SPICA. MRS is an Echelle Grating spectrometer designed to observe a number of fine structure lines of ions and atoms, molecular lines, and band features stemming from solid particles and dust grains of the interstellar and circumstellar medium in the mid-infrared wavelength range. MRS consists of two channels; the shorter wavelength channel (MRS-S) covers the spectral range from 12.2 to 23.0 micron with a spectral resolution power of R~1900-3000 and the longer wavelength channel (MRS-L) covers from 23.0 to 37.5 micron with R~1100-1500 on the basis of the latest results of the optical design. The distinctive functions of the MRS are (1) a dichroic beam splitter equipped in the fore-optics, by which the same field of view is shared between the two channels, and (2) the small format image slicer as the integral field unit installed in each channel. These functions enable us to collect continuous 12-38 micron spectra of both the point-like and diffuse sources reliably with a single exposure pointed observation. In this paper, the specifications and the expected performance of the MRS are summarized on the basis of the latest results of the optical design. The latest progress in the development of the key technological elements, such as the Dichroic Beam Splitter and the Small Format Monolithic Slice Mirrors, are also reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84423S (21 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926734
Show Author Affiliations
Itsuki Sakon, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Hirokazu Kataza, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Takashi Onaka, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Ryou Ohsawa, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Yoko Okada, Univ. zu Köln (Germany)
Yuji Ikeda, Photocoding Inc. (Japan)
Kyoto Sangyo Univ. (Japan)
Naofumi Fujishiro, Photocoding Inc. (Japan)
Kyoto Sangyo Univ. (Japan)
Kenji Mitsui, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Norio Okada, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8442:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Mark C. Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen; Jacobus M. Oschmann, Editor(s)

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