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.
29.October.2013: All proprietary science observation in the Herschel Science Archive (HSA) became public.
HIPE and Data Processing News:
Upcoming conferences and workshops:
Pre-announcement: Water in the Universe: From Clouds to Oceans 11-15 April 2016
In-orbit Performance of Herschel-HIFI
A&A January 2012, Vol 537