Imaging the Universe’s Far-infrared Region
More than half of the energy emitted by the universe appears in the far-infrared end of the spectrum, which can only be observed from space. This region of the universe remains relatively unexplored, since the necessary technology and observation techniques to do so are still being developed.
Dr. Locke Spencer, Canada Research Chair in Experimental Astrophysics, is helping develop instrumentation technology and techniques that will greatly improve our ability to observe the far-infrared spectral region.
Spencer is working on instrumentation development and support for current observations, and on the development of observation and data processing techniques for future, large-scale international projects.
Spencer is also coordinating efforts between the experimental astrophysics laboratories in Canada in order to develop a collaborative network for both ground-based and space-based instrumentation and technology.
Spencer’s research will advance our collective understanding of the workings of the far-infrared spectral region of the universe.