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NGST MIRI instrument
Author(s): Gillian S. Wright; Fabio Bortoletto; Carl F. Bruce Jr.; Ewine F. van Dishoeck; Avinash R. Karnik; Pierre-Olivier Lagage; Melora E. Larson; Dietrich Lemke; Goran Oloffson; Edward A. Miller; Thomas F. E. Henning; Sam Heys; Tom Ray; J. Rodriguez; Eugene Serabyn; Ian Walters
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Paper Abstract

The MIRI is the mid-IR (5-28μm) instrument for NGST and provides for imaging, cororographic, high- and low-resolution spectroscopic capabilities. Unlike to the other instruments on NGST, the MIRI must be cooled - to reduce the thermal background from the optics and because the detectors require an operating temperature of about 7k.. In this paper we summarise the science goals, the proposed overall opto-mechanical concept, the thermal design aspects, the detectors and the expected sensitivity of the instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4850, IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (5 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461607
Show Author Affiliations
Gillian S. Wright, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Fabio Bortoletto, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Carl F. Bruce Jr., Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ewine F. van Dishoeck, Sterrewacht Leiden (Netherlands)
Avinash R. Karnik, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Pierre-Olivier Lagage, CEA Saclay (France)
Melora E. Larson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dietrich Lemke, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
Goran Oloffson, Stockholm Observatory (Sweden)
Edward A. Miller, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Thomas F. E. Henning, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
Sam Heys, Rutherford Appleton Lab (United Kingdom)
Tom Ray, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (Ireland)
J. Rodriguez, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eugene Serabyn, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ian Walters, Astrium Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4850:
IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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