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Photoconductor array camera and spectrometer (PACS) for FIRST
Author(s): Albrecht Poglitsch
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Paper Abstract

The Photoconductor Array Camera and Spectrometer is one of the three proposed instruments for ESA's Far IR and Submillimeter Telescope. It employs two 16 by 25 pixels Ge:Ga photoconductor arrays to perform imaging photometry and imaging line spectroscopy in the 80-210 micrometers wavelength band, with optional extensions to 60 micrometers and approximately 300 micrometers . In photometry mode, it will simultaneously image two bands, 80-130 micrometers and 130-210 micrometers , over fields of view of approximately 1 foot by 1.5 feet and approximately 2 feet by 3 feet, respectively, with full beam sampling in each band. In spectroscopy mode, it will image a field of approximately 50 inches by 50 inches, resolved into 5 by 5 pixels, with an instantaneous spectral coverage of approximately 1500 km/s and a spectral resolution of approximately 175 km/s. In both modes background-noise limited performance is expected, with sensitivities of 3.5-5 mJy or 2.5 by 10-18/m2, respectively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317226
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Albrecht Poglitsch, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3354:
Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation
Albert M. Fowler, Editor(s)

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