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Submillimeter Wavelength Astronomy Missions for the 1990s

Authors:
S. Gulkis
Abstract:
The submillimeter spectral band between wavelengths of 100 µm and 1000 µm is of key importance for the investigation of a wide range of astronomical topics. These include star-forming molecular cloud regions, planetary atmospheres, galaxies, and cosmic background radiation. Space telescopes will ultimately be required to study these objects at submillimeter wavelengths with complete freedom from the interference due to the terrestrial atmosphere. Ground based, airplane, and balloon observations have been and will continue to be important in developing the field. Several small and modest-sized astronomical space projects for the 1990s have been studied which could dramatically open the window on the submillimeter and far infrared spectral ranges. This paper presents an overview of the science and instrumentation under discussion for these 1990s projects.
Categories:
Applications
Year:
1990
Session:
5
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Page Number(s):
454-457