The Canadian Herschel support office for HIFI has ceased operation on the 31st of March 2016.
This support page is now in a static mode with some irregular updates. We have ensured that
all links pointing to data processing are being re-directed to the
European Space Agency. You will still be able to obtain help through the HSC
The University of Waterloo Herschel HIFI Support Group highly encourage you to continue to
browse the wonderful public Herschel data through the
Welcome to our Support Group webpage
Many Canadian astronomers are involved with Herschel,
a space observatory for far infrared and submillimeter wavelengths. Herschel is a cornerstone mission of the
European Space Agency (ESA) and Canadian participation in this
mission is managed through the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
NASA is also a partner in Herschel and
maintains a Herschel webpage as well. Herschel was launched
on May 14, 2009 and ceased operation on April 29, 2013.
Canadians participated in building two of the three instruments that Herschel carries:
(Spectral and Photmetric Imaging Receiver) a bolometer "camera" and fourier transform spectrometer,
and HIFI (Heterodyne Instrument for the Far Infrared),
a high resolution spectrometer. The third instrument on Herschel is
PACS (Photoconductor Array Camera), an imaging photometer or an integral
At University of Waterloo, our group provides support for HIFI to Canadian astronomers. Please
do not hesitate to contact us!
HERSCHEL CLOSES ITS EYES ON THE UNIVERSE - 29.April.2013
This mark the beginning of the Herschel mission post-operation phase. Our group will continue to provide support throughout the post-operation phase.
17.June.2013 12:25 GMT, Herschel Space Observatory Switched OFF.
29.October.2013: All proprietary science observation in the Herschel Science Archive (HSA) became public.
HIPE and Data Processing News:
HIPE 15.0.1 is the new release (May.2017)
HSA v8.2.1 (September.2017)
User Provided Data Products (UPDPs) gradually populating the HSA
Side-Band Ratio Correction for HIFI Data (PDF)
New beam and coupling efficiency release (19.Sept.2014)
News on purification of band 3B (12.Feb.2013)
HSpot News: Fix for Mac OS X
Mission Incredible: A video of Herschel's 37 000 science observations
Herschel Completes Largest Survey of Cosmic Dust in Local Universe (18 March 2014)
Herschel discovers water vapour around dwarf planet Ceres (22.January.2014) The Nature paper.
Herschel links water in Jupiter's stratosphere to 1994 comet impact (2.April.2013)
Herschel finds first evidence of Earth-like water in comet - Nature Letter 2011
In-orbit Performance of Herschel-HIFI
A&A January 2012, Vol 537
Special Issue on Calibration of the Herschel Space Observatory, Experimental Astronomy published July 2014
Reference to the to background image of Orion