University of Waterloo Herschel-HIFI Group

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.

Canadians participated in building two of the three instruments that Herschel carries: SPIRE (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 field spectrometer.

At University of Waterloo, our group provides support for HIFI to Canadian astronomers. Please do not hesitate to contact us!

29.October.2013: All proprietary science observation in the Herschel Science Archive (HSA) became public.

17.June.2013 12:25 GMT, Herschel Space Observatory Switched OFF.


This mark the beginning of the Herschel mission post-operation phase. Our group will continue to provide support throughout the post-operation phase.

HIPE and Data Processing News:

HIPE 12.1 now available

User Provided Data Products (UPDPs) starting to populate HSA v5

Side-Band Ratio Correction for HIFI Data (PDF)

New beam and coupling efficiency release (19.Sept.2014)

Upcoming conferences and workshops:

ALMA/Herschel Archival Workshop 15-17 April 2015

IAUS 315: From Interstellar Clouds to Star-forming Galaxies: Universal processes ? 3-7 August 2015

IAUS 315: The Legacy of Planck 11-13 August 2015

Pre-announcement: Water in the Universe: From Clouds to Oceans 11-15 April 2016

Of interest:

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)

News on purification of band 3B (12.Feb.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