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Spectroscopy with the Herschel Space Observatory

Authors:
Paul F. Goldsmith
Abstract:
Submillimeter astronomy from space offers many advantages, due to completely avoiding the attenuations and noise from the Earth's atmosphere. For spectroscopy in the 60 to 670 micron range, the Herschel Space Observatory offers important new capabilities in terms of angular resolution, sensitivity, and over much of this range, for high spectral resolution observations. Herschel builds on the success of two earlier space missions devoted to submillimeter spectroscopy: SWAS and Odin. In this paper, I briefly highlight the results from those missions. I then discuss the capabilities of the three instruments on the Herschel Space Observatory, known by their acronyms HIFI, SPIRE, and PACS, focusing on spectroscopic observations. I conclude with a short summary of some of the astrophysical highlights that may be anticipated when Herschel is operational, which should be about 6 months after launch, currently scheduled for September 2008.
Categories:
Systems
Year:
2007
Session:
1
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Page Number(s):
25-31