8-12 juin, 2014

Résumé

SPICA/SAFARI: an update

David Naylor (University of Lethbridge)

Following on the success of ESA's Herschel space observatory, the Japanese SPace Infrared telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics, SPICA, features a cryogenically cooled 3.2 m telescope that will provide astronomers with the extremely low background necessary to explore the far-infrared universe. Canada is contributing to the development of a versatile far-infrared imaging Fourier transform spectrometer - SAFARI. The sensitivity of SAFARI will enable spectroscopic surveys of large numbers of distant galaxies, allowing the study of star-formation to be characterised over cosmic time. Nearer to home SAFARI will map young planetary systems, providing astronomers with key information to better understand the formation history of our own solar system. In the last year the SPICA mission has been restructured with ESA taking on a larger role. The current status of the SPICA mission and the Safari instrument, emphasising Canadian contriutions, will be reviewed.

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