The far-IR spectral window plays host to a critical range of both spectroscopic and photometric diagnostics with which to study our Galaxy and beyond, at wavelengths completely blocked by the Earth’s atmosphere. The proposed Japanese-led IR space telescope SPICA, with its cryogenically cooled ~3.2m telescope (<6 K) will be the next step in sensitivity after Herschel. SPICA is a "mission of opportunity" in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Program. SPICA will be the only space observatory of its era to bridge the far-IR wavelength gap between JWST and ALMA, and carry out unique science not achievable at visible or submm wavelengths. This contribution summarizes the design concept behind SAFARI: a far-IR imaging FTS-spectrometer covering the ~34-210 μm waveband that is one of a suite of instruments for SPICA. SAFARI is proposed by a consortium of European and Canadian institutions led by SRON. We also highlight some of the science questions that it will be possible to address in the field of Astrochemistry.
|Publication status||Published - May-2011|
|Event||280th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union - Toledo, Spain|
Duration: 30-May-2011 → 3-Jun-2011
|Conference||280th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union|
|Period||30/05/2011 → 03/06/2011|