Innovative Concepts in IR/Submm Astronomy from Space
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March 9-12, 2009
This one-week workshop was a forum to explore new concepts that enable major
scientific advances at modest cost in the far-IR / submm spectral range. Far-IR
astronomy is typically driven toward expensive, flagship-class missions, primarily
because optimal sensitivity requires a large cold collecting area in space and
novel detector approaches. This workshop looked for opportunities to make
new break-through measurements without flagship-class budgets. The participants
generated a list of promising concepts and ideas, and key questions for further
study. Their detailed assessment is beyond the scope of the workshop but they
could be pursued afterward with analysis, modeling, and engineering studies. While some ideas may prove impractical until new technology is available, others might
evolve into near-term mission and instrument designs.
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
Sessions were organized for science motivation and wish-lists, break-out sessions
for innovation areas (e.g. cooling, optics, architecture), for coordination and integration of break-outs, and for summary and distillation.
The intent was to be completely unconstrained in brainstorming,
except, of course, by the laws of physics.
For questions contact: Michele Judd