The Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS) Academic Article uri icon


  • The Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS) provides long-wavelength capability for the mission in imaging bands at 24, 70, and 160 m and measurements of spectral energy distributions between 52 and 100 m 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 m 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%.

published proceedings

  • The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series

author list (cited authors)

  • Rieke, G. H., Young, E. T., Engelbracht, C. W., Kelly, D. M., Low, F. J., Haller, E. E., ... Richards, P. L.

citation count

  • 1747

complete list of authors

  • Rieke, GH||Young, ET||Engelbracht, CW||Kelly, DM||Low, FJ||Haller, EE||Beeman, JW||Gordon, KD||Stansberry, JA||Misselt, KA||Cadien, J||Morrison, JE||Rivlis, G||Latter, WB||Noriega-Crespo, A||Padgett, DL||Stapelfeldt, KR||Hines, DC||Egami, E||Muzerolle, J||Alonso-Herrero, A||Blaylock, M||Dole, H||Hinz, JL||Le Floc’h, E||Papovich, C||Pérez-González, PG||Smith, PS||Su, KYL||Bennett, L||Frayer, DT||Henderson, D||Lu, N||Masci, F||Pesenson, M||Rebull, L||Rho, J||Keene, J||Stolovy, S||Wachter, S||Wheaton, W||Werner, MW||Richards, PL

publication date

  • September 2004