Calibration strategy for the SPICA/SAFARI instrument

Russell F. Shipman, Bart Vandenbussche, Edgar Castillo-Domínguez, Alvaro Labiano, Willem Jellema, Angiola Orlando

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SPICA is a mid to far infra-red space mission to explore the processes that form galaxies, stars and planets. SPICA/SAFARI is the far infrared spectrometer that provides near-background limited observations between 34 and 230 micrometers. The core of SAFARI consists of 4 grating modules, dispersing light onto 5 arrays of TES detectors per module. The grating modules provide low resolution (250) instantaneous spectra over the entire wavelength range. The high resolution (1500 to 12000) mode is accomplished by placing a Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) in front of the gratings. Each grating module detector sees an interferogram from which the high resolution spectrum can be constructed. SAFARI data will be a convolution of complex spectral, temporal and spatial information. Along with spectral calibration accuracy of < 1 %, a relative flux calibration of 1% and an absolute flux calibration accuracy of 10% are required. This paper will discuss the calibration strategy and its impact on the instrument design of SAFARI
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2020
Subtitle of host publicationOptical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
PublisherSPIE.Digital Library
Publication statusPublished - 1-Dec-2020
EventSPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2020 - online
Duration: 13-Dec-202018-Dec-2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the SPIE
ISSN (Print)0361-0748


ConferenceSPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2020

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