The Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS)

Rieke, G. H.; Young, E. T.; Engelbracht, C. W.; Kelly, D. M.; Low, F. J.; Haller, E. E.; Beeman, J. W.; Gordon, K. D.; Stansberry, J. A.; Misselt, K. A.; Cadien, J.; Morrison, J. E.; Rivlis, G.; Latter, W. B.; Noriega-Crespo, A.; Padgett, D. L.; Stapelfeldt, K. R.; Hines, D. C.; Egami, E.; Muzerolle, J.; Alonso-Herrero, A.; Blaylock, M.; Dole, H.; Hinz, J. L.; Le Floc'h, E.; Papovich, C.; Pérez-González, P. G.; Smith, P. S.; Su, K. Y. L.; Bennett, L.; Frayer, D. T.; Henderson, D.; Lu, N.; Masci, F.; Pesenson, M.; Rebull, L.; Rho, J.; Keene, J.; Stolovy, S.; Wachter, S.; Wheaton, W.; Werner, M. W.; & Richards, P. L.
2004, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 154, 25

The Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS) provides long-wavelength capability for the mission in imaging bands at 24, 70, and 160 μm and measurements of spectral energy distributions between 52 and 100 μm at a spectral resolution of about 7%. By using true detector arrays in each band, it provides both critical sampling of the Spitzer point-spread function and relatively large imaging fields of view, allowing for substantial advances in sensitivity, angular resolution, and efficiency of areal coverage compared with previous space far-infrared capabilities. The 24 μm array has excellent photometric properties, and measurements with rms relative errors of about 1% can be obtained. The two longer-wavelength arrays use detectors with poor photometric stability, but a system of onboard stimulators used for relative calibration, combined with a unique data pipeline, produce good photometry with rms relative errors of less than 10%.


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