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    Planck pre-launch status: The optical architecture of the HFI

    Ade, P.A.R. and Savini, G. and Sudiwala, R. and Tucker, C. and Catalano, A. and Church, S. and Colgan, R. and Desert, F.-X. and Gleeson, E. and Jones, W.C. and Lamarre, J.-M. and Lange, A. and Longval, Y. and Maffei, B. and Murphy, J.Anthony and Noviello, F. and Pajot, F. and Puget, J.-L. and Ristorcelli, I. and Woodcraft, A. and Yurchenko, V. (2010) Planck pre-launch status: The optical architecture of the HFI. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 520 (A11). ISSN 0004-6361

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    The Planck High Frequency Instrument, HFI, has been designed to allow a clear unobscured view of the CMB sky through an offaxis Gregorian telescope. The prime science target is to measure the polarized anisotropy of the CMB with a sensitivity of 1 part in 106 with a maximum spatial resolution of 5 arcmin (Cl ∼ 3000) in four spectral bands with two further high-frequency channels measuring total power for foreground removal. These requirements place critical constraints on both the telescope configuration and the receiver coupling and require precise determination of the spectral and spatial characteristics at the pixel level, whilst maintaining control of the polarisation. To meet with the sensitivity requirements, the focal plane needs to be cooled with the optics at a few Kelvin and detectors at 100 mK. To limit inherent instrumental thermal emission and diffraction effects, there is no vacuum window, so the detector feedhorns view the telescope secondary directly. This requires that the instrument is launched warm with the cooler chain only being activated during its cruise to L2. Here we present the novel optical configuration designed to meet with all the above criteria.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: © ESO 2010 The original publication is available at DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/200913039
    Keywords: cosmic microwave background; space vehicles; instruments; instrumentation; detectors; instrumentation; polarimeters; submillimeter; general; techniques; photometric;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Experimental Physics
    Item ID: 4023
    Depositing User: Dr. Anthony Murphy
    Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2012 16:18
    Journal or Publication Title: Astronomy & Astrophysics
    Publisher: EDP Sciences
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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