Sub-Millimetre Wave Technologies

ICEMuSIC – Instrument optimisation study and mission definition

Pathfinder – 7th Call (Completed 2016)
Lead Organisation: University of Cardiff partnered by the Met Office and University of Hamburg

This project develops a novel instrument concept to observe ice clouds and humidity that will allow us to retrieve these critical parameters. This instrument uses large arrays of detectors to make observations in the millimetre and submillimetre wavelength regions. It completely avoids the need for mechanical scanning, and has large advantages over the “traditional” heterodyne instruments proposed for this type of observation. Particularly, we benefit from high sensitivity, high spatial and spectral resolution, and we have access to frequency ranges not currently available with heterodyne technology.

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