Herschel/HIFI In-flight commissioning and performance
Paper i proceeding, 2010

The Herschel Space Observatory was successfully launched on the 14th of May, 2009, lifting into space the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared (HIFI). After the standard early orbit operations on the Space-craft, the instrument was switched on for the first time on the 24th of May, kicking off an instrument Commissioning period of more than a month and a half. We present here the outcome of this Commissioning campaign, including the measured in-flight performance of the instrument. Among the challenges encountered during this period was the need to optimize the stability of the signal provided by the Local Oscillator (LO) chains in some of the frequency bands, in particular that covering the singly Ionized Carbon (C+) line at the upper edge of the HIFI range, and one of the backbones of the science program of the instrument. The same concept also allowed significant improvements in the upper end of the 3b LO chain. Another noticeable achievement was the very good co-alignment measured between the mixer beams in the respective H and V polarizations offered by HIFI, allowing for more than a simple build-in redundancy, as the observing efficiency will really benefits from the combination of the two mixers.

Local oscillators

Observing efficiency

Chains

In-flight performance

Instrument commissioning

Instruments

Frequency bands

C (programming language)

Mixers (machinery)

Herschel space observatories

Optimize the stabilities

Heterodyne instruments

Build-in redundancy

Författare

D. Teyssier

European Space Astronomy Centre (ESA)

C. Risacher

Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)

P. Dieleman

Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)

W. Laauwen

Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)

A. de Jonge

Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)

J. Braine

Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux

M. Caris

Max Planck-institutet

O. Coeur-Joly

Université de Toulouse

B. Delforge

LERMA - Laboratoire d'Etudes du Rayonnement et de la Matiere en Astrophysique et Atmospheres

F. Helmich

Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)

F. Herpin

Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux

R. Higgins

Maynooth University

W. Jellema

Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)

T. Klein

Max Planck-institutet

J. Kooi

CalTech

C. Leinz

Max Planck-institutet

K. Edwards

Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)

A. P. Marston

European Space Astronomy Centre (ESA)

P. Morris

CalTech

Michael Olberg

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Onsala rymdobservatorium

V. Ossenkopf

Universität zu Köln

J. C. Pearson

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

P. Roelfsema

Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)

R. Shipman

Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)

21st International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology 2010, ISSTT 2010; Oxford; United Kingdom; 23 March 2010 through 25 March 2010

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Ämneskategorier

Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi

ISBN

978-161782362-6