Recent progress in the Elegant Breadboard supra-THz activities for LOCUS and a view to an astronomy application

G. Savini, D. Brooks, L. Zhu, B. Ellison, O. Auriacombe, T. Bradshaw, M. Crook, D. Gerber, M. Henry, T. Rawlings, H. Wang, J. Charlton, S. M. Tun, M. Emes, T. Hunt, B. Winter, E. Linfield, G. Davies, A. Valavanis, S. Parkes & 2 others D. Walker, G. Yu

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Abstract

We report on ongoing technology activities on the Elegant Breadboard for the LOCUS telescope and its 1.15THz receiver. LOCUS is a Low-Earth orbit small satellite (150kg category) with the objective of linking observations of climate, the upper atmosphere and space weather by performing simultaneous high spectral resolution measurements of molecular signatures of molecules which drive the thermal exchange in the highest layers of our atmosphere. These measurements are performed both in the THz frequency region and in a photometric narrow-band near and mid-IR channels allowing to decouple molecular abundances from temperature and pressure profiles. The elegant breadboard under development will reproduce representative optics and explore the thermal implications of a compact optical-bench with a small cryo-cooler and radiator stage for a small LEO satellite. An extensive test programme will be undertaken to raise the payload and receiver system and we will seek opportunities to test the system in an observational campaign. Technology developments will benefit future technology activities related to both a future Earth-Orbit mission and potential astronomy missions.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE 9th UK-Europe-China Workshop on Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Technologies (UCMMT)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509022762
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event9th IEEE UK-Europe-China Workshop on Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Technologies - Qingdao, China
Duration: 5 Sep 20167 Sep 2016
Conference number: 9

Conference

Conference9th IEEE UK-Europe-China Workshop on Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Technologies
Abbreviated titleUCMMT 2016
CountryChina
CityQingdao
Period5/09/167/09/16

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Astronomy
low Earth orbits
astronomy
receivers
space weather
Earth orbits
upper atmosphere
Orbits
radiators
Earth (planet)
coolers
payloads
weather
Satellites
spectral resolution
temperature profiles
seats
climate
narrowband
Upper atmosphere

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Savini, G., Brooks, D., Zhu, L., Ellison, B., Auriacombe, O., Bradshaw, T., ... Yu, G. (2017). Recent progress in the Elegant Breadboard supra-THz activities for LOCUS and a view to an astronomy application. In 2016 IEEE 9th UK-Europe-China Workshop on Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Technologies (UCMMT) (pp. 1-5). [7873956] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/UCMMT.2016.7873956
Savini, G. ; Brooks, D. ; Zhu, L. ; Ellison, B. ; Auriacombe, O. ; Bradshaw, T. ; Crook, M. ; Gerber, D. ; Henry, M. ; Rawlings, T. ; Wang, H. ; Charlton, J. ; Tun, S. M. ; Emes, M. ; Hunt, T. ; Winter, B. ; Linfield, E. ; Davies, G. ; Valavanis, A. ; Parkes, S. ; Walker, D. ; Yu, G. / Recent progress in the Elegant Breadboard supra-THz activities for LOCUS and a view to an astronomy application. 2016 IEEE 9th UK-Europe-China Workshop on Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Technologies (UCMMT). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2017. pp. 1-5
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2016 IEEE 9th UK-Europe-China Workshop on Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Technologies (UCMMT). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2017. p. 1-5 7873956.

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Savini G, Brooks D, Zhu L, Ellison B, Auriacombe O, Bradshaw T et al. Recent progress in the Elegant Breadboard supra-THz activities for LOCUS and a view to an astronomy application. In 2016 IEEE 9th UK-Europe-China Workshop on Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Technologies (UCMMT). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2017. p. 1-5. 7873956 https://doi.org/10.1109/UCMMT.2016.7873956