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In-orbit performance of the Herschel/SPIRE imaging Fourier transform spectrometer: lessons learned
Author(s): David A. Naylor; Jean-Paul Baluteau; George J. Bendo; Dominique Benielli; Trevor R. Fulton; Brad G Gom; Matthew J. Griffin; Rosalind Hopwood; Peter Imhof; Tanya L. Lim; Nanyao Lu; Gibion Makiwa; Nicola Marchili; Glenn S. Orton; Andreas Papageorgiou; Chris Pearson; Edward T. Polehampton; Bernhard Schulz; Locke D. Spencer; Bruce M. Swinyard; Ivan Valtchanov; Matthijs H. D. van der Wiel; Ian T. Veenendaal; Ronin Wu
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Paper Abstract

The Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) is one of three scientific instruments on board the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory which ended its operational phase on 29 April 2013. The low to medium resolution spectroscopic capability of SPIRE is provided by an imaging Fourier transform spectrometer (iFTS) of the Mach-Zehnder configuration. With their high throughput, broad spectral coverage, and variable resolution, coupled with their well-defined instrumental line shape and intrinsic wavelength and intensity calibration, iFTS are becoming increasingly common in far-infrared space astronomy missions. The performance of the SPIRE imaging spectrometer will be reviewed and example results presented. The lessons learned from the measured performance of the spectrometer as they apply to future missions will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 2014
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 91432D (28 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054989
Show Author Affiliations
David A. Naylor, Institute for Imaging Science, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Jean-Paul Baluteau, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
George J. Bendo, The Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Dominique Benielli, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Trevor R. Fulton, Institute for Imaging Science, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Blue Sky Spectroscopy Inc. (Canada)
Brad G Gom, Institute for Imaging Science, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Matthew J. Griffin, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Rosalind Hopwood, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Peter Imhof, Institute for Imaging Science, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Blue Sky Spectroscopy Inc. (Canada)
Tanya L. Lim, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Nanyao Lu, NASA Herschel Science Ctr., California Institute of Technology (United States)
Gibion Makiwa, Institute for Imaging Science, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Nicola Marchili, Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
Glenn S. Orton, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Andreas Papageorgiou, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Chris Pearson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
The Open Univ. (United Kingdom)
Edward T. Polehampton, Institute for Imaging Science, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Bernhard Schulz, NASA Herschel Science Ctr., California Institute of Technology (United States)
Locke D. Spencer, Institute for Imaging Science, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Bruce M. Swinyard, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Ivan Valtchanov, European Space Astronomy Ctr. (Spain)
Matthijs H. D. van der Wiel, Institute for Imaging Science, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Ian T. Veenendaal, Institute for Imaging Science, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Ronin Wu, CEA Saclay (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9143:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr.; Mark Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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