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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1974
  • pp: 2623–2628

Infrared Radiometer for the Pioneer 10 and 11 Missions to Jupiter

M. L. Bender, P. W. Callaway, S. C. Chase, G. F. Moore, and R. D. Ruiz  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 13, Issue 11, pp. 2623-2628 (1974)

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Pioneer 10 has successfully encountered Jupiter and several of its satellites. The two-channel infrared radiometer used to obtain data relating to thermal properties of the planet and its atmosphere is described. The instrument features a body-fixed, 7.62-cm diam aperture Cassegrainian telescope with reststrahlen filters defining the 14-μm to 25-μm and 30-μm to 56-μm bands. Detectors are 88-junction evaporated thin-film thermopiles. Stringent weight constraints of 2 kg dictated all-beryllium construction. Power consumption was 1.2 W.

© 1974 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 9, 1974
Published: November 1, 1974

M. L. Bender, P. W. Callaway, S. C. Chase, G. F. Moore, and R. D. Ruiz, "Infrared Radiometer for the Pioneer 10 and 11 Missions to Jupiter," Appl. Opt. 13, 2623-2628 (1974)

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