15 June 2006 Performance evaluation of the Herschel/SPIRE imaging Fourier transform spectrometer
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The Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) is one of three scientific instruments on ESA's Herschel Space Observatory. An imaging Fourier transform spectrometer, of the Mach-Zehnder configuration, provides low to medium resolution spectroscopic capability for SPIRE. The performance of the instrument is being evaluated during a series of test campaigns of the flight model before delivery to ESA. In this paper we present preliminary performance characteristics of the SPIRE spectrometer from the first test campaign of the flight model. We verify the instrument's conformance with fundamental design specifications such as spectral coverage and resolution. In addition, we identify, quantify, and explain some instrumental artefacts that have been observed during these tests.
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David A. Naylor, David A. Naylor, Jean-Paul Baluteau, Jean-Paul Baluteau, Peter Davis-Imhof, Peter Davis-Imhof, Marc J. Ferlet, Marc J. Ferlet, Trevor R. Fulton, Trevor R. Fulton, Bruce M. Swinyard, Bruce M. Swinyard, "Performance evaluation of the Herschel/SPIRE imaging Fourier transform spectrometer", Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 626530 (15 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671747; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671747
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