15 November 1976 A Telescope For The Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS)
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Abstract
The Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) will be used to survey the 8 to 120 μm spectrum of the entire sky to the faintest flux levels possible by using state-of-the-art detectors and preamplifiers. As a result of a recently completed study of the telescope and focal plane, a concept has been devised that demonstrates the feasibility of using stored cryogen to cool the telescope for one year of operation in a polar twilight orbit at an altitude of 900 km. Predictions regarding noise equivalent flux density, cryogenic life-time, and the number of noise spikes caused by Van Allen belt radiation are presented. The telescope is cooled both by supercritical and by superfluid helium. The on-board signal processing includes provisions for suppressing noise spikes.
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R. L. Hedden, R. L. Hedden, } "A Telescope For The Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS)", Proc. SPIE 0095, Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology II, (15 November 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.955152; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.955152
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