Infrared and Submillimeter Space Missions in the Coming Decade

Infrared and Submillimeter Space Missions in the Coming Decade : Programmes, Programmatics, and Technology

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A revolution similar to that brought by CCDs to visible astronomy is still ahead in IR and submillimeter astronomy. There is certainly no wavelength range which has, over the past several years, seen such impressive advances in technology: large-scale detector arrays, new designs for cooling in space, lightweight mirror technologies. Scientific cases for observing the cold universe are outstanding. Observations in the FIR/Submm range will provide answers to such fundamental questions as: What is the spectrum of the primordial fluctuations? How do primeval galaxies look? What are the first stages of star formation? Most of the international space missions that have been triggered by these questions are presented in detail here. Technological issues raised by these missions are reviewed, as are the most recent achievements in cooling and detector technologies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 235 pages
  • 166.6 x 243.3 x 19.8mm | 548.86g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Reprinted from SPACE SCIENCE REVIEWS 74:1-2, 1995
  • XII, 235 p.
  • 0792336194
  • 9780792336198

Table of contents

Foreword. Solar system observations and future missions; E. Lellouch. Extragalactic observations and future missions; A. Franceschini, et al. Detection limits in the far IR; G.H. Rieke, et al. Background limited IR and submm instruments; J.-M. Lamarre, et al. Simulations of the microwave sky and of its `observations'; F.R. Bouchet, et al. Radiative and hybrid cooling of IR space telescopes; T.G. Hawarden, et al. The IR space observatory; M. Kessler. The ISO - telescope design; C. Singer. IR telescope in space: IRTS; T. Matsumoto. IR astronomy on the Midcourse Space Experiment: MSX; S.D. Price. The Wide-Field IR Explorer: WIRE; P.B. Hacking, M.W. Werner. SOFIA: The next generation airborne telescope; E.F. Erickson. POST: Polar Stratospheric Telescope; P.Y. Bely, et al. IR imaging surveyor: IRIS; T. Matsumoto. Optics of the far-IR and submm space telescope; R. Hills. SIRTF - the moderate mission; M.W. Werner, L.L. Simmons. The Edison IR space observatory; H.A. Thronson, et al. The BOOMERANG experiment; A. Lange, et al. The far IR explorer (FIRE); A.E. Lange, et al. OBLERS, an interplanetary probe to study IR diffuse backgrounds; F.-X. Desert. How to evidence primitive life on an exo-planet? The DARWIN project; A. Leger, et al. The near IR high resolution camera program of Beijing observatory; J. Sun. The effect of realistic surface properties on low temperature space observatories; R. Blake, B. Jones. The management of stray radiation issues in space optical systems; S.M. Pompea. Pulse tube refrigerators; A. Ravex, et al. The use of closed cycle coolers on space-based observatories; T.W. Bradshaw, A.H. Orlowska. Adiabatic demagnetisation refrigerators for future submm spacemissions; I.D. Hepburn, et al. IR detection, review of existing and future devices; F. Sibille. A novel bolometer for IR and mm-wave astrophysics; J.J. Bock, et al.
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