The star formation observatory (SFO) mission to study cosmic origins near and far

Paul A. Scowen, Rolf Jansen, Matthew Beasley, Brian Cooke, Shouleh Nikzad, Oswald Siegmund, Robert Woodruff, Daniela Calzetti, Steven Desch, Alex Fullerton, John Gallagher, Sangeeta Malhotra, Mark McCaughrean, Robert O'Connell, Sally Oey, Debbie Padgett, James Rhoads, Aki Roberge, Nathan Smith, Daniel Stern & 2 others Jason Tumlinson, Rogier Windhorst

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Abstract

The Star Formation Observatory (SFO) is a 1.65m space telescope that addresses pivotal components in the 2007 NASA Science Plan, with a primary focus on Cosmic Origins. The design under consideration provides 100 times greater imaging efficiency and >10 times greater spectroscopic efficiency below 115 nm than existed on previous missions. The mission has a well-defined Origins scientific program at its heart: a statistically significant survey of local, intermediate, and high-redshift sites and indicators of star formation, to investigate and understand the range of environments, feedback mechanisms, and other factors that most affect the outcome of the star and planet formation process. This program relies on focused capabilities unique to space and that no other planned NASA mission will provide: near-UV/visible (200-1100 nm) wide-field, diffraction-limited imaging; and high-efficiency, low- and high-resolution (R ∼40,000) UV (100-175 nm) spectroscopy using far-UV optimized coatings and recent advances in Micro-Channel Plate (MCP) detector technology. The Observatory imager has a field of view in excess of 17′×17′ (>250 arcmin2) and uses a dichroic to create optimized UV/blue and red/near-IR channels for simultaneous observations, employing detectors that offer substantial quantum efficiency gains and that suffer lower losses due to cosmic rays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7010
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter - Marseille, France
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 28 2008

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OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
CountryFrance
CityMarseille
Period6/23/086/28/08

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Observatories
Observatory
Stars
star formation
Star
observatories
NASA
Imaging
Detector
Microchannel Plate
Detectors
Imaging techniques
Space Telescope
Space telescopes
Cosmic rays
microchannel plates
Quantum Efficiency
Cosmic Rays
detectors
Wide-field

Keywords

  • Astronomy
  • CCD
  • Imager
  • MCP
  • Observatory
  • Optical
  • Spectrograph
  • Star formation
  • UV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Scowen, P. A., Jansen, R., Beasley, M., Cooke, B., Nikzad, S., Siegmund, O., ... Windhorst, R. (2008). The star formation observatory (SFO) mission to study cosmic origins near and far. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 7010). [70103Z] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.788038

The star formation observatory (SFO) mission to study cosmic origins near and far. / Scowen, Paul A.; Jansen, Rolf; Beasley, Matthew; Cooke, Brian; Nikzad, Shouleh; Siegmund, Oswald; Woodruff, Robert; Calzetti, Daniela; Desch, Steven; Fullerton, Alex; Gallagher, John; Malhotra, Sangeeta; McCaughrean, Mark; O'Connell, Robert; Oey, Sally; Padgett, Debbie; Rhoads, James; Roberge, Aki; Smith, Nathan; Stern, Daniel; Tumlinson, Jason; Windhorst, Rogier.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7010 2008. 70103Z.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Scowen, PA, Jansen, R, Beasley, M, Cooke, B, Nikzad, S, Siegmund, O, Woodruff, R, Calzetti, D, Desch, S, Fullerton, A, Gallagher, J, Malhotra, S, McCaughrean, M, O'Connell, R, Oey, S, Padgett, D, Rhoads, J, Roberge, A, Smith, N, Stern, D, Tumlinson, J & Windhorst, R 2008, The star formation observatory (SFO) mission to study cosmic origins near and far. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 7010, 70103Z, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, Marseille, France, 6/23/08. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.788038
Scowen PA, Jansen R, Beasley M, Cooke B, Nikzad S, Siegmund O et al. The star formation observatory (SFO) mission to study cosmic origins near and far. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7010. 2008. 70103Z https://doi.org/10.1117/12.788038
Scowen, Paul A. ; Jansen, Rolf ; Beasley, Matthew ; Cooke, Brian ; Nikzad, Shouleh ; Siegmund, Oswald ; Woodruff, Robert ; Calzetti, Daniela ; Desch, Steven ; Fullerton, Alex ; Gallagher, John ; Malhotra, Sangeeta ; McCaughrean, Mark ; O'Connell, Robert ; Oey, Sally ; Padgett, Debbie ; Rhoads, James ; Roberge, Aki ; Smith, Nathan ; Stern, Daniel ; Tumlinson, Jason ; Windhorst, Rogier. / The star formation observatory (SFO) mission to study cosmic origins near and far. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7010 2008.
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