VIRTIS: Visible infrared thermal imaging spectrometer for the rosetta mission

Francis Reininger, A. Coradini, F. Capaccioni, M. Capria, P. Cerroni, M. De Sanctis, G. Magni, P. Drossart, M. Barucci, D. Bockelee-Morvan, J. Combes, J. Crovisier, T. Encrenaz, J. Reess, A. Semery, D. Tiphene, G. Arnold, U. Carsenty, H. Michaelis, S. MottolaG. Neukum, G. Peter, U. Schade, F. Taylor, S. Calcutt, T. Vellacott, P. Venters, R. Watkins, G. Bellucci, V. Formisano, F. Angrilli, G. Bianchini, B. Saggin, E. Bussoletti, L. Colangeli, V. Mennella, S. Fonti, J. Bibring, Y. Langevin, B. Schmitt, M. Combi, U. Fink, T. McCord, W. Ip, R. Carlson, E. Jennings

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The Visible Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) is one of the principal payloads to be launched in 2003 on ESA's Rosetta spacecraft. Its primary scientific objectives are to map the surface of the comet Wirtanen, monitor its temperature, and identify the solids and gaseous species on the nucleus and in the coma. VIRTIS will also collect data on two asteroids, one of which has been identified as Mimistrobell. The data is collected remotely using a mapping spectrometer co-boresighted with a high spectral resolution spectrometer. The mapper consists of a Shafer telescope matched to an Offner grating spectrometer capable of gathering high spatial, medium spectral resolution image cubes in the 0.25 to 5μm waveband. The high spectral resolution spectrometer uses an echelle grating and a cross dispersing prism to achieve resolving powers of 1200 to 3000 in the 1.9 to 5μm band. Both sub-systems are passively cooled to 130 K and use two Sterling cycle coolers to enable two HgCdTe detector arrays to operate at 70 K. The mapper also uses a silicon back-side illuminated detector array to cover the ultra-violet to near-infrared optical band.

頁(從 - 到)66-77
期刊Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
出版狀態已出版 - 13 11月 1996
事件Imaging Spectrometry II 1996 - Denver, United States
持續時間: 4 8月 19969 8月 1996


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