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The European contribution to the SPICA mission

Swinyard, Bruce, Nakagawa, Takao, Matsuhara, Hideo, Griffin, Doug, Ferlet, Marc, Eccleston, Paul, di Girgio, Anna, Baselmans, Jochem, Goicoechea, Javier, Isaak, Kate Gudrun, Mauskopf, Philip Daniel, Rodriguez, Louis, Pinsard, Frederic, Raab, Walfried, Duband, Lionel, Luchier, Nicholas, Rando, Nicola, Heras, Ana, Jagemann, Thomas, Geis, Norbert and Vives, Sebastien 2008. The European contribution to the SPICA mission. Presented at: Space telescopes and instrumentation 2008: optical, infrared, and millimeter, Marseille, France, 23-28 June 2008. Published in: Oschmann Jr., Jacobus M., de Graauw, Mattheus W. M. and MacEwen, Howard A. eds. Proceedings of the Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Conference, Marseille, France, 23-28 June 2008. Proceedings of SPIE , vol. 7010. Bellingham, WA: 70100I. 10.1117/12.789195

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Abstract

The Japanese led Space Infrared telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics (SPICA) will observe the universe over the 5 to 210 micron band with unprecedented sensitivity owing to its cold (~5 K) 3.5m telescope. The scientific case for a European involvement in the SPICA mission has been accepted by the ESA advisory structure and a European contribution to SPICA is undergoing an assessment study as a Mission of Opportunity within the ESA Cosmic Vision 1015-2015 science mission programme. In this paper we describe the elements that are being studied for provision by Europe for the SPICA mission. These entail ESA directly providing the cryogenic telescope and ground segment support and a consortium of European insitutes providing a Far Infrared focal plane instrument. In this paper we describe the status of the ESA study and the design status of the FIR focal plane instrument.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
ISBN: 9780819472205
ISSN: 0277-786X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:52
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/28423

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