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CASIMIR, The Caltech airborne submillimeter interstellar medium investigations receiver

Edgar, Michael L. and Karpov, Alexandre and Lin, Sean and Miller, David and Radford, Simon J. E. and Zmuidzinas, Jonas (2008) CASIMIR, The Caltech airborne submillimeter interstellar medium investigations receiver. In: Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7020. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 702012. ISBN 9780819472304.

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CASIMIR, the Caltech Airborne Submillimeter Interstellar Medium Investigations Receiver is a multiband, far infrared and submillimeter, high resolution, heterodyne spectrometer under development for SOFIA. It is a first generation, PI class instrument. CASIMIR is designed for detailed, high sensitivity observations of warm (100 K) interstellar gas both in external galaxies and Galactic sources, including molecular clouds, circumstellar envelopes, and protostellar cores. Combining the 2.5 m SOFIA mirror with state of the art superconducting mixers, will give CASIMIR unprecedented sensitivity. Initially, CASIMIR will have two bands, at 1000 and 1250 GHz, and a further three bands, 550, 750, 1400 GHz, will be added soon after. Any four bands will be available on each flight. The availability of multiple bands during each flight will allow for efficient use of flight time. For example, searches for weak lines from rare species in bright sources can be carried out on the same flight with observations of abundant species in faint or distant objects.

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Additional Information:© 2008 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Various subsystems of the CASIMIR instrument have been or continue to be developed by a number of people at several institutions: H. G. Le Duc, Micro Devices Lab, JPL (mixer fabrication), N. R., M. R. Haas, NASA Ames (optics), the Kosma I/O Team, U. of Köln and S. W. Colgan, NASA Ames (software). The development of CASIMIR is supported by NASA/USRA SOFIA Instrument Development Fund.
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Subject Keywords:heterodyne, spectrometer, FIR/submm, SOFIA
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:7020
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Official Citation:Michael L. Edgar, Alexandre Karpov, Sean Lin, David Miller, Simon J. E. Radford, Jonas Zmuidzinas, "CASIMIR, The Caltech airborne submillimeter interstellar medium investigations receiver", Proc. SPIE 7020, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 702012 (19 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790121;
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