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The space infrared telescope for cosmology and astrophysics: SPICA A joint mission between JAXA and ESA

Swinyard, Bruce; Nakagawa, Takao and the SPICA Consortium (2009). The space infrared telescope for cosmology and astrophysics: SPICA A joint mission between JAXA and ESA. Experimental Astronomy, 23(1) pp. 193–219.

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Abstract

The Space Infrared telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics (SPICA) is planned to be the next space astronomy mission observing in the infrared. The mission is planned to be launched in 2017 and will feature a 3.5 m telescope cooled to <5 K through the use of mechanical coolers. These coolers will also cool the focal plane instruments thus avoiding the use of consumables and giving the mission a long lifetime. SPICA's large, cold aperture will provide a two order of magnitude sensitivity advantage over current far infrared facilities (>30 microns wavelength). We describe the scientific advances that will be made possible by this large increase in sensitivity and give details of the mission, spacecraft and focal plane conceptual design.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
ISSN: 0922-6435
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Space
Item ID: 24863
Depositing User: Tracy Bartlett
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 20:05
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 12:21
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/24863
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