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FIFI-LS: the facility far-infrared spectrometer for SOFIA
Author(s): Randolf Klein; Simon Beckmann; Aaron Bryant; Sebastian Colditz; Christian Fischer; Fabio Fumi; Norbert Geis; Rainer Hönle; Alfred Krabbe; Leslie Looney; Albrecht Poglitsch; Walfried Raab; Felix Rebell; Maureen Savage
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Paper Abstract

FIFI-LS is the German far-infrared integral field spectrometer for the SOFIA airborne observatory. The instrument offers medium resolution spectroscopy (R ~ a few 1000) in the far-infrared with two independent spectrometers covering 50-110 and 100-200 μm. The integral field units of the two spectrometers obtain spectra covering concentric square fields-of-views sized 3000and 6000, respectively. Both spectrometers can observe simultaneously at any wavelength in their ranges making efficient mapping of far-infrared lines possible. FIFI-LS has been commissioned at the airborne observatory SOFIA as a PI instrument in spring 2014. During 2015, the commissioning as facility instrument will be complete and the SOFIA observatory will take over the operation of FIFI-LS. The instrument can already be used by the community. Primary science cases are the study of the galactic and extra-galactic interstellar medium and its processes. In this presentation, the capabilities of FIFI-LS on the SOFIA telescope will be explained and how they are used by the offered observing modes. The remaining atmosphere and the warm telescope create a high background situation, which requires a differential measurement technique. This is achieved by SOFIA’s chopping secondary mirror and nodding the telescope. Depending on the source size, different observing modes may be used to observe a source. All modes use spatial and spectral dithering. The resulting data products will be 3D-data cubes. The observing parameters will be specified using AOTs, like the other SOFIA instruments, and created via the tool SSPOT which is similar to the Spitzer Space Telescope SPOT tool. The observations will be done in service mode, but SOFIA invites a few investigators to fly onboard SOFIA during (part of) their observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 July 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91472X (8 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055371
Show Author Affiliations
Randolf Klein, SOFIA-USRA, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Simon Beckmann, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Aaron Bryant, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Sebastian Colditz, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Christian Fischer, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Fabio Fumi, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Norbert Geis, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Rainer Hönle, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Alfred Krabbe, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Leslie Looney, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Albrecht Poglitsch, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Walfried Raab, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Felix Rebell, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Maureen Savage, SOFIA-USRA, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9147:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Suzanne K. Ramsay; Ian S. McLean; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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