AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 12. IR - UV New Missions
Display, Wednesday, January 6, 1999, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall 1

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[12.08] CHIPS: The Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer

W. V. Dixon, M. Hurwitz, P. Jelinsky, B. Y. Welsh, J. E. Edelstein, O. H. W. Siegmund, C. F. McKee, R. F. Malina, I. Hawkins, J. V. Vallerga (UCB/SSL), D. Breitschwerdt (MPI Garching), J. Slavin (NASA Ames)

The Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer (CHIPS), a University-Class Explorer (UNEX) mission, will carry out all-sky spectroscopy of the diffuse background at wavelengths from 90 to 260 Å\ with a peak resolution of \lambda / 150 (about 0.5 eV). CHIPS data will help determine the electron temperature, ionization conditions, and cooling mechanisms of the million-degree plasma believed to fill the local interstellar bubble. The majority of the luminosity from diffuse million-degree plasma is expected to emerge in the poorly-explored CHIPS band, making CHIPS data of relevance in a wide variety of Galactic and extragalactic astrophysical environments. The compact CHIPS instrument will be accommodated aboard a commercial FAISAT communications spacecraft currently scheduled for launch in mid to late 2001.

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