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, David Leisawitz, Charles Baker, Charles Baker, Amy Barger, Amy Barger, Dominic Benford, Dominic Benford, Andrew Blain, Andrew Blain, Rob Boyle, Rob Boyle, Richard Broderick, Richard Broderick, Jason Budinoff, Jason Budinoff, John Carpenter, John Carpenter, Richard Caverly, Richard Caverly, Phil Chen, Phil Chen, Steve Cooley, Steve Cooley, Christine Cottingham, Christine Cottingham, Julie Crooke, Julie Crooke, Dave DiPietro, Dave DiPietro, MIke DiPirro, MIke DiPirro, Michael Femiano, Michael Femiano, Art Ferrer, Art Ferrer, Jackie Fischer, Jackie Fischer, Jonathan Gardner, Jonathan Gardner, Lou Hallock, Lou Hallock, Kenny Harris, Kenny Harris, Kate Hartman, Kate Hartman, Martin Harwit, Martin Harwit, Lynne Hillenbrand, Lynne Hillenbrand, Tupper Hyde, Tupper Hyde, Drew Jones, Drew Jones, Jim Kellogg, Jim Kellogg, Alan Kogut, Alan Kogut, Marc Kuchner, Marc Kuchner, Bill Lawson, Bill Lawson, Javier Lecha, Javier Lecha, Maria Lecha, Maria Lecha, Amy Mainzer, Amy Mainzer, Jim Mannion, Jim Mannion, Anthony Martino, Anthony Martino, Paul Mason, Paul Mason, John Mather, John Mather, Gibran McDonald, Gibran McDonald, Rick Mills, Rick Mills, Lee Mundy, Lee Mundy, Stan Ollendorf, Stan Ollendorf, Joe Pellicciotti, Joe Pellicciotti, Dave Quinn, Dave Quinn, Kirk Rhee, Kirk Rhee, Stephen Rinehart, Stephen Rinehart, Tim Sauerwine, Tim Sauerwine, Robert Silverberg, Robert Silverberg, Terry Smith, Terry Smith, Gordon Stacey, Gordon Stacey, H. Philip Stahl, H. Philip Stahl, Johannes Staguhn, Johannes Staguhn, Steve Tompkins, Steve Tompkins, June Tveekrem, June Tveekrem, Sheila Wall, Sheila Wall, Mark Wilson, 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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