HFI performance summary
The essential characteristics of the HFI are gathered in the following table. The HFI has been operating flawlessly for 30 months, the most optimistic expected duration of the helium used by the dilution cooler. The extreme sensitivity provided by the 100 mK bolometers and the HFI architecture has provided a view of the submillimetre sky with a noise not far from the fundamental limits set by the photon noise of the observed source. In the same time, systematics were now measurable, the most apparent of which being the spikes in the signal produced by cosmic rays hitting the bolometers and their immediate surrounding. The overall sensitivity is finally around that announced as the goal in the "bluebook" (ref bluebook), i.e. twice better than the required sensitivity. One can expect to improve these numbers by about root two when the whole mission data is available.
|Frequency||100 GHz||143 GHz||217 GHz||353 GHz||545 GHz||857 GHz|
|Beam size (FWHM, arcmin)||9.66||7.27||5.01||4.86||4.84||4.63|
|Sensitivity per fiducial pixel||3.95 µK/K||2.35 µK/K||4.58 µK/K||15.17 µK/K||0.013 Mjy/sr||0.013 Mjy/sr|
(Planck) High Frequency Instrument