FIFI LS getting ready to fly aboard SOFIA

R. Klein, A. Poglitsch, W. Raab, N. Geis, M. Hamidouche, L. W. Looney, R. Hönle, K. Nishikida, R. Genzel, Th K. Henning

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FIFI LS is the German far-infrared integral field spectrometer for the SOFIA airborne observatory. The instrument consists of two independent integral field spectrometers for two different wavelength bands (45-110 μm and 100-200 μm). A dichroic filter enables simultaneous observation of two different spectral lines in the same field-of view. This allows very efficient mapping of extended regions with FIFI LS in many important far-infrared cooling lines with line ratios sensitive to temperature and density. FIFI LS will become a facility instrument for SOFIA. In the next two years it will become a fully commissioned facility instrument. After its commission, FIFI LS will be available for general observing with a large science potential. In this paper, we will also discuss the science of FIFI LS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
EditionPART 1
StatePublished - 2010
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2010Jul 2 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
NumberPART 1
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Airborne Instrumentation
  • Far-Infrared
  • Integral Field Spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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