University of Waterloo Herschel-HIFI Group

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 Herschel Science Centre (HSC) at the European Space Agency. You will still be able to obtain help through the HSC Helpdesk.

The University of Waterloo Herschel HIFI Support Group highly encourage you to continue to browse the wonderful public Herschel data through the Herschel Science Archive (HSA).

It was a privilege to support the Canadian community.

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: 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!


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

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)

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