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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3864–3875

Beam profile for the Herschel–SPIRE Fourier transform spectrometer

Gibion Makiwa, David A. Naylor, Marc Ferlet, Carl Salji, Bruce Swinyard, Edward Polehampton, and Matthijs H. D. van der Wiel  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 16, pp. 3864-3875 (2013)

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One of the instruments on board the Herschel Space Observatory is the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE). SPIRE employs a Fourier transform spectrometer with feed-horn-coupled bolometers to provide imaging spectroscopy. To interpret the resultant spectral images requires knowledge of the wavelength-dependent beam, which in the case of SPIRE is complicated by the use of multimoded feed horns. In this paper we describe a series of observations and the analysis conducted to determine the wavelength dependence of the SPIRE spectrometer beam profile.

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OCIS Codes
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics
(120.6085) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Space instrumentation

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: February 27, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 21, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 21, 2013
Published: May 31, 2013

Gibion Makiwa, David A. Naylor, Marc Ferlet, Carl Salji, Bruce Swinyard, Edward Polehampton, and Matthijs H. D. van der Wiel, "Beam profile for the Herschel–SPIRE Fourier transform spectrometer," Appl. Opt. 52, 3864-3875 (2013)

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