HIFI

HIFI

Released

18/09/2007 5:03 pm

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ESA

Description

This is an artist's impression of the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far Infrared's (HIFI) focal plane unit.

HIFI is a very high-resolution heterodyne spectrometer. The heterodyne detection principle involves translating the frequency range of the signal observed by the telescope to a lower frequency where it is easier to perform the required measurements.

This is done by mixing the incoming signal with a very stable monochromatic signal, generated by a local oscillator, and extracting the difference frequency for further processing.

HIFI observes in seven bands covering 480 to 1910 gigaHertz.

It was developed by a consortium led by SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Science.

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