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The Composite Infrared Spectrometer

Calcutt, S., Taylor, Fredric, Ade, Peter A. R. and Kunde, V. 1992. The Composite Infrared Spectrometer. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society 45 (9) , pp. 381-386.

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Abstract

The Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) is a remote sensing instrument to be flown on the Cassini orbiter. It contains two Fourier transform spectrometers covering wavelengths of 7-1000 microns. The instrument is expected to have higher spectral resolution, smaller field of view, and better signal-to-noise performance than its counterpart, IRIS, on the Voyager missions. These improvements allow the study of the variability of the composition and temperature of the atmospheres of both Saturn and Titan with latitude, longitude and height, as well as allowing the possibility of discovery of previously undetected chemical species in these atmospheres. The long wavelengths accessible to CIRS allow sounding deeper into both atmospheres than was possible with IRIS.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cassini Mission, infrared spectrometers, remote sensors, satellite-borne instruments, saturn atmosphere, multilayer insulation, radiant cooling, satellite atmospheres, Titan
Publisher: British Interplanetary Society
ISSN: 0007-094X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/40253

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