SAFARI: A Far Infrared Imaging FTS-Spectrometer for SPICA

J. R. Goicoechea, P. R. Roelfsema, W. Jellema, B. M. Swinyard

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May-2011
Event280th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union - Toledo, Spain
Duration: 30-May-20113-Jun-2011


Conference280th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union

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