The far-infrared spectroscopic surveyor (FIRSS)
Journal article, 2021

We are standing at the crossroads of powerful new facilities emerging in the next decade on the ground and in space like ELT, SKA, JWST, and Athena. Turning the narrative of the star formation potential of galaxies into a quantitative theory will provide answers to many outstanding questions in astrophysics, from the formation of planets to the evolution of galaxies and the origin of heavy elements. To achieve this goal, there is an urgent need for a dedicated space-borne, far-infrared spectroscopic facility capable of delivering, for the first time, large scale, high spectral resolution (velocity resolved) multiwavelength studies of the chemistry and dynamics of the ISM of our own Milky Way and nearby galaxies. The Far Infrared Spectroscopic Surveyor (FIRSS) fulfills these requirements and by exploiting the legacy of recent photometric surveys it seizes the opportunity to shed light on the fundamental building processes of our Universe.



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D. Rigopoulou

University of Oxford

C. Pearson

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

B. Ellison

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

M. Wiedner

Université Paris PSL

V. Ossenkopf Okada

University of Cologne

B. K. Tan

University of Oxford

I. Garcia-Bernete

University of Oxford

M. Gerin

Université Paris PSL

G. Yassin

University of Oxford

E. Caux

Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP)

S. Molinari

Istituto nazionale di astrofisica (INAF)

J. R. Goicoechea

CSIC - Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM)

G. Savini

University College London (UCL)

L. K. Hunt

Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory

D. C. Lis

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

P. F. Goldsmith

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Susanne Aalto

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Astronomy and Plasmaphysics

G. Magdis

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

C. Kramer

Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique (IRAM)

Experimental Astronomy

0922-6435 (ISSN) 1572-9508 (eISSN)

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