Single aperture far-infrared observatory (SAFIR)

Paul M. Harvey, George H. Rieke, Daniel F. Lester, Dominic J. Benford

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The study on the single aperture far-infrared telescopes (SAFIR) is presented. The two most critical requirements for SAFIR are aperture and operating temperature, assuming the emissivity is minimized to a level limited by optical coatings and reasonable stray light considerations. The aperture and telescope background emission determine its ultimate limiting sensitivity as well as the practical limit of the number of seconds of integration required to reach the confusion limit on the sky.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1097-1108
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
EventIR Space Telescopes and Instruments - waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 24 2002Aug 28 2002


  • Far-Infrared
  • Space
  • Telescope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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