Long-baseline Interferometric Imaging at 11 Microns with 30 Milliarcsecond Resolution

  • Manfred Bester
  • William C. Danchi

Abstract

Breakthroughs in fundamental astrophysics are often the result of major advances in the instrumentation available for observations of interesting phenomena. Historically instrumental advances provide major improvements in one or more capabilities, typically resolution, either spectral or spatial, or sensitivity. An important example is that of the discovery of the cosmic microwave background, which depended on the availability of sensitive (low-noise maser) receivers [34]. Another example is the discovery of interstellar molecules more complex than OH. The vast majority of these molecules were discovered from their millimeter- or submillimeter-wave transitions. Observations of these transitions depended on heterodyne mixer receivers that provided both high sensitivity and very high spectral resolution [10].

Keywords

Dust Microwave Graphite Silicate Benzene 

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  • Manfred Bester
  • William C. Danchi

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