7 July 2006 The Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT): mission study results
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We report results of a recently-completed pre-Formulation Phase study of SPIRIT, a candidate NASA Origins Probe mission. SPIRIT is a spatial and spectral interferometer with an operating wavelength range 25 - 400 μm. SPIRIT will provide sub-arcsecond resolution images and spectra with resolution R = 3000 in a 1 arcmin field of view to accomplish three primary scientific objectives: (1) Learn how planetary systems form from protostellar disks, and how they acquire their chemical organization; (2) Characterize the family of extrasolar planetary systems by imaging the structure in debris disks to understand how and where planets form, and why some planets are ice giants and others are rocky; and (3) Learn how high-redshift galaxies formed and merged to form the present-day population of galaxies. Observations with SPIRIT will be complementary to those of the James Webb Space Telescope and the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter Array. All three observatories could be operational contemporaneously.
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David Leisawitz, Charles Baker, Amy Barger, Dominic Benford, Andrew Blain, Rob Boyle, Richard Broderick, Jason Budinoff, John Carpenter, Richard Caverly, Phil Chen, Steve Cooley, Christine Cottingham, Julie Crooke, Dave DiPietro, MIke DiPirro, Michael Femiano, Art Ferrer, Jackie Fischer, Jonathan Gardner, Lou Hallock, Kenny Harris, Kate Hartman, Martin Harwit, Lynne Hillenbrand, Tupper Hyde, Drew Jones, Jim Kellogg, Alan Kogut, Marc Kuchner, Bill Lawson, Javier Lecha, Maria Lecha, Amy Mainzer, Jim Mannion, Anthony Martino, Paul Mason, John Mather, Gibran McDonald, Rick Mills, Lee Mundy, Stan Ollendorf, Joe Pellicciotti, Dave Quinn, Kirk Rhee, Stephen Rinehart, Tim Sauerwine, Robert Silverberg, Terry Smith, Gordon Stacey, H. Philip Stahl, Johannes Staguhn, Steve Tompkins, June Tveekrem, Sheila Wall, Mark Wilson, "The Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT): mission study results", Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 626540 (7 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669820; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.669820


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