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Herschel-SPIRE: Design, In-Flight Performance and Scientific Capabilities

Griffin, Matthew Joseph 2010. Herschel-SPIRE: Design, In-Flight Performance and Scientific Capabilities. Presented at: 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Bremen, Germany,

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Abstract

SPIRE, the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver, is the submillimetre camera and spectrometer on board the Herschel Space Observatory. It comprises a three-band camera operating at 250, 350 and 500 microns, and an imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer cover-ing 194-671 microns. The photometer field of view is 4 x 8 arcmin., viewed simultaneously in the three bands. The FTS observes its whole wavelength range simultaneously. It has an approxi-mately circular field of view of 2.6 arcmin. diameter and spectral resolution adjustable between 0.04 cm-1 (1.2 GHz) and 0.83 cm-1 (25 GHz). Following the successful launch, commissioning and performance verification of Herschel, SPIRE is fully functional with performance meeting or exceeding pre-flight estimates in all respects. The main design features of SPIRE will be reviewed, and the achieved instrument performance levels and capabilities will be summarised and illustrated with some examples from Key Project results.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Additional Information: Symposium E, session 14, paper number E14-0005-10 (Oral)
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/14936

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