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All-Aluminum Optical System For A Large Cryogenically Cooled Far Infrared Echelle Spectrometer
Author(s): E. F. Erickson; S. Matthews; G. C. Augason; J. R. Houck; M. O. Harwit; D. M. Rank; M. R. Haas
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Paper Abstract

Pioneering observations of far infrared lines from astronomical sources gave been made possible in the past few years by NASA's Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO). This is primarily because spectroscopy from ground based sites in the wavelength region from about 20 to 350 microns is precluded by telluric water vapor absorption. Lines in this wavelength range characterize all the phases - molecular, neutral atomic, and ionized - of the inter-stellar gas. They provide both unique informatio2 and information complementary to that available from measurements at other wavelengths.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1985
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0509, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments I, (1 February 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.944987
Show Author Affiliations
E. F. Erickson, NASA/Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
S. Matthews, Cobblestone Computers Inc. (United States)
G. C. Augason, NASA/Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
J. R. Houck, Cornell Univ. (United States)
M. O. Harwit, Cornell Univ. (United States)
D. M. Rank, Univ. of California/Santa Cruz (United States)
M. R. Haas, Mycol , Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0509:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments I
Ramsey K. Melugin, Editor(s)

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