SpitzerThe Spitzer Space Telescope is an infrared observatory, the fourth and last of the "Great Observatories" which was inaugurated with the Hubble. Spitzer is in a sun-centric orbit, and was launched August 25th, 2003. Formerly known as SIRTF, Spitzer is a project with a considerable history (pre-dating me!).
Spitzer ran out of cryogen in May, 2009, and continues to operate at short wavelengths during the warm mission.
I am involved with many ongoing Spitzer projects, including the Legacy program SINGS, numerous general observer programs, parts of the IRS Guaranteed Time program, and others.
A partial list of successful Spitzer GO, GTO, and DDT proposals which I have lead or have collaborated on:
- Very Small Particles and Chemistry in Photodissociation Regions
- Mid-Infrared spectral properties of luminous starbursts and active nuclei at redshift z>0.6: exploring the distant Universe with IRS.
- Spitzer Observations of the High-Latitude Translucent Cloud toward HD 210121: A Sightline with Exceedingly Anomalous Ultraviolet Interstellar Extinction
- Infrared Extinction in the Magellanic Clouds
- The Evolution of Dust in Cassiopeia A
- Molecular Gas in IR-Bright Galaxies: Masses and Physical Conditions
- IRS Spectral Mapping of Major Mergers
- Neon in WC and WO stars - testing nucleosynthesis and massive star evolutionary predictions
- Very Small Particles in Photodissociation Regions : further insights with MIPS SED
- PAH contribution to the infrared output energy at redshift 0.1 to 0.6
- Spitzer Observations of the Molecular Cloud toward HD 62542: A Sightline with Exceedingly Anomalous 2175 Angstrom Extinction Bump
- Probing the Diffuse Interstellar Extinction Curve in the Spitzer Infrared
- Nascent starbursts: a missing link in galaxy evolution
- The Physical Context of PAH Emission in Galaxies: Metallicity, Radiation, and Environment
- A GLIMPSE at Hidden Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Galaxy
- An Ultra-Deep Spitzer Spectral Survey
- A Complete Picture of Dust in the Small Magellanic Cloud
- Dust in the Wind: Mapping Galactic Superwinds with Spitzer
- Neon in WC and WO Stars–Testing Nucleosynthesis and Massive Star Evolutionary Predictions
- Infrared-Bright Interacting Galaxies: From Molecular Gas to Stars to Black Holes
- After the Fall: Dust and PAHs in Post-Starburst Galaxies
- Survey of Paschen Alpha in High Redshift Galaxies
- Mapping the frosty exotic ISM around the deeply buried AGN in the nearby starburst galaxy NGC4945
- Dust in the Wind: Mapping the Nearest Galactic Superwind with the IRS on Spitzer
What is Spitzer Doing Now?See this link.
Spitzer/IRS LinksA few Spitzer-related pages and links, here, in no particular order:
- Cassiopeia A SNR spectral map (pwd required).
- The Cas A IRS spectral line maps in FITS format.
- An IRS calibration products page (pwd required).
- Some thoughts on extended source calibration of IRS data.
- A demonstration of rogue pixel treatment by dark/sky subtraction in LL and LH.
- A year in the life of the LL detector on the IRS.
- An (old) collection of bad pixel information.
- A look at stray light correction in IRS SL.
- Models on IRS ramp fitting.
- Inter-order background light removal for SL.