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Sensor technology at submillimeter wavelengths for Space Applications

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dc.contributor.author Chattopadhyay, Goutam
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-22T20:36:54Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-22T20:36:54Z
dc.date.issued 2007-11-26
dc.identifier.citation The 2nd International Conference on Sensing Technology, Palmerston North, New Zealand, November 26, 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 07-4086
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/41359
dc.description.abstract Our universe is most luminous at far-infrared and submillimeter wavelengths (100 GHz – 10 THz) after the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation. This region of the electromagnetic spectrum provides critical tracers for the study of a wide range of astrophysical and planetary phenomena. This spectral range contains information on the origin of the planets, stars, galaxies, and clusters; the geometry and matter/energy content of the Universe, atmospheric constituents and dynamics of the planets and comets and tracers for global monitoring and the ultimate health of the Earth. Sensors at far-infrared and submillimeter wavelengths provide unprecedented sensitivity for astrophysical, planetary, and earth observing instruments. Very often, for a spaced based platform where the instruments are not limited by atmospheric losses and absorption, the overall instrument sensitivity is dictated by the sensitivity of the sensors themselves. Moreover, some of the cryogenic sensors at submillimeter wavelengths provide almost quantum-limited sensitivity. This paper provides an overview of the submillimeter-wave sensors and their performance and capabilities for space applications. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2007. en_US
dc.subject Submillimeter en_US
dc.subject terahertz en_US
dc.subject mixers en_US
dc.subject detectors en_US
dc.subject sensors en_US
dc.title Sensor technology at submillimeter wavelengths for Space Applications en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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