15 July 2010 FIFI LS getting ready to fly aboard SOFIA
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FIFI LS is the German far-infrared integral field spectrometer for the SOFIA airborne observatory. The instrument consists of two independent integral field spectrometers for two different wavelength bands (45-110 μm and 100-200 μm). A dichroic filter enables simultaneous observation of two different spectral lines in the same field-of view. This allows very efficient mapping of extended regions with FIFI LS in many important far-infrared cooling lines with line ratios sensitive to temperature and density. FIFI LS will become a facility instrument for SOFIA. In the next two years it will become a fully commissioned facility instrument. After its commission, FIFI LS will be available for general observing with a large science potential. In this paper, we will also discuss the science of FIFI LS.
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R. Klein, R. Klein, A. Poglitsch, A. Poglitsch, W. Raab, W. Raab, N. Geis, N. Geis, M. Hamidouche, M. Hamidouche, L. W. Looney, L. W. Looney, R. Hönle, R. Hönle, K. Nishikida, K. Nishikida, R. Genzel, R. Genzel, Th. K. Henning, Th. K. Henning, "FIFI LS getting ready to fly aboard SOFIA", Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77351T (15 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856530; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.856530


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