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Review: far-infrared instrumentation and technological development for the next decade

Farrah, Duncan and Bradford, Charles M. and Zmuidzinas, Jonas and Carey, Sean and Lis, Dariusz C. and Stierwalt, Sabrina (2019) Review: far-infrared instrumentation and technological development for the next decade. Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 5 (2). Art. No. 020901. ISSN 2329-4124.

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Far-infrared astronomy has advanced rapidly since its inception in the late 1950s, driven by a maturing technology base and an expanding community of researchers. This advancement has shown that observations at far-infrared wavelengths are important in nearly all areas of astrophysics, from the search for habitable planets and the origin of life to the earliest stages of galaxy assembly in the first few hundred million years of cosmic history. The combination of a still-developing portfolio of technologies, particularly in the field of detectors, and a widening ensemble of platforms within which these technologies can be deployed, means that far-infrared astronomy holds the potential for paradigm-shifting advances over the next decade. We examine the current and future far-infrared observing platforms, including ground-based, suborbital, and space-based facilities, and discuss the technology development pathways that will enable and enhance these platforms to best address the challenges facing far-infrared astronomy in the 21st century.

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Additional Information:© 2019 The Authors. Published by SPIE under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. Distribution or reproduction of this work in whole or in part requires full attribution of the original publication, including its DOI. Paper 17072V received Sep. 5, 2017; accepted for publication Mar. 7, 2019; published online Apr. 5, 2019. We thank George Nelson and Kenol Jules for their help on the capabilities of the ISS, and Jochem Baselmans for insights into KIDs. We also thank all speakers who took part in the FIR SIG Webinar series. This report is developed in part from the presentations and discussions at the Far-Infrared Next Generation Instrumentation Community Workshop, held in Pasadena, California, in March 2017. It is written as part of the activities of the Far-Infrared Science Interest Group. This work is supported by CNES. A portion of the research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Subject Keywords:instrumentation; detectors; interferometers; miscellaneous; photometers; spectrographs; space vehicles; instruments; balloons; telescopes
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Official Citation:Duncan Farrah, Kimberly Ennico Smith, David Ardila, Charles M. Bradford, Michael J. DiPirro, Carl Ferkinhoff, Jason Glenn, Paul F. Goldsmith, David T. Leisawitz, Thomas Nikola, Naseem Rangwala, Stephen A. Rinehart, Johannes G. Staguhn, Michael Zemcov, Jonas Zmuidzinas, James Bartlett, Sean J. Carey, William J. Fischer, Julia R. Kamenetzky, Jeyhan Kartaltepe, Mark D. Lacy, Dariusz C. Lis, Lisa S. Locke, Enrique Lopez-Rodriguez, Meredith MacGregor, Elisabeth Mills, Samuel H. Moseley, Eric J. Murphy, Alan Rhodes, Matthew J. Richter, Dimitra Rigopoulou, David B. Sanders, Ravi Sankrit, Giorgio Savini, John-David Smith, and Sabrina Stierwalt "Review: far-infrared instrumentation and technological development for the next decade," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 5(2), 020901 (5 April 2019).
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