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Multimode horn antennas for far-infrared astronomy

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J.A. Murphy, C. Bracken, S. Doherty, I. McAuley, D. Wilson, C. O'Sullivan, N. Trappe, M. Gradziel, P. Ade, E. Gleeson, B. Maffei, J.-M. Lamarre, F. Noviello, T. Peacocke, G. Pisano, J.-L. Puget, G. Savini, R. Sudiwala, S. Withington, R. Wylde & 1 others V. Yurchenko

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Multi-mode horns combined with bolometric or incoherent detectors are finding application in astronomical receivers for which partially coherent operation can provide increased throughput and thus sensitivity. This is advantageous when observing faint sources, especially if diffraction limited resolution is not required, or if the horn beam is truncated by a cold stop in the optical train. We discuss how such horns can be simulated and present examples from receiver instrumentation on the Planck and SPICA space telescopes.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2014
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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