SIRTF instrument concepts

Peter Eisenhardt, Giovanni Fazio, James Houck, George Rieke

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This paper describes the current design concepts for the three scientific instruments which are under definition study for NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF). These instruments, the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), the Infrared Spectrograph (IRS), and the Multiband Imaging Photometer for SIRTF (MIPS), will provide imaging and spectroscopy from 2.5 to 200 μm. Over much of this range their performance will be limited only by natural astrophysical backgrounds in the solar system, and by diffraction. Changes in the instrument complement from the former Titan launched, Earth orbiting SIRTF concept to the present Atlas launched, solar orbiting concept are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-144
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Oct 1 1993
EventInfrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing 1993 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jul 11 1993Jul 16 1993

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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