Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

Terry Herter

Professor of Astronomy, Chairman of the Department of Astronomy
Terry Herter
Specialty Areas

Infrared and Optical Astronomy

Research Projects

FORCAST: A Widefield Infrared Camera for SOFIA, TripleSpec 4: A Facility Near-Infrared Spectrograph for the Blanco 4-m Telescope at CTIO.

Biography

Terry Herter's interests include normal and starburst galaxies, circumstellar disks, and the galactic center. In the recent past he has also studied HII (ionized hydrogen) regions and planetary nebulae. From time to time, he has dabbled in planetary astronomy: observing planets, moons and comets. He has also working on the development and testing of infrared arrays for ground-based, airborne, and space-based astronomy.

He is Principal Investigator on a first light instrument on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The instrument, called FORCAST, is a camera that will be used to image star formation regions, debris disks around nearby stars, and other galaxies. FORCAST achieved first light for SOFIA in May 2010 and has been used 13 science flights, 10 of those support the general community.  FORCAST will be commissioned on handed over to the SOFIA project in early 2013.

He is also involved in an effort by Cornell to build a large telescope in the high Atacama desert of Northern Chile and serves on a national committee (GSMT-SWG) summarizing the scientific potential of large ground based telescopes.

He is the lead on TripleSpec, a spectrograph that obtains simultaneously a complete 0.85 - 2.5 micron spectrum at a resolution of 2700. Three copies are of TripleSpec have been fabricated via a collaboration between Cornell, University of Virginia, Caltech, and JPL. The Cornell version of TripleSpec was delivered and commissioned in 2008 for use on the 200-inch Palomar Observatory telescope.  A new version, TriipleSpec4, is now underway with delivery for use on the CTIO Blanco 4-meter telescope in 2015.

Selected Publications
  • "First Science Observations with SOFIA/FORCAST: Properties of 
    Intermediate-luminosity Protostars and Circumstellar Disks in OMC-2," 
    Adams, J. D., Herter, T. L., Osorio, M., et al. 2012, ApJ, 749, L24 
  • "First Science Observations with SOFIA/FORCAST: 6-37 μm Imaging of Orion 
    BN/KL," De Buizer, J. M., Morris, M. R., Becklin, E. E., et al. 2012, ApJ, 
    749, L23 
  • "First Science Observations with SOFIA/FORCAST: 6-37 μm Imaging of the 
    Central Orion Nebula," Shuping, R. Y., Morris, M. R., Herter, T. L., et al. 
    2012, ApJ, 749, L22 
  • "First Science Results from SOFIA/FORCAST: The Mid-infrared View of the 
    Compact H II Region W3A," Salgado, F., Berné, O., Adams, J. D., et al. 
    2012, ApJ, 749, L21 
  • "First Science Results from SOFIA/FORCAST: Super-resolution Imaging of the 
    S140 Cluster at 37 μm," Harvey, P. M., Adams, J. D., Herter, T. L., et al. 
    2012, ApJ, 749, L20 
  • "Mid-IR FORCAST/SOFIA Observations of M82," Nikola, T., Herter, T. L., 
    Vacca, W. D., et al. 2012, ApJ, 749, L19 
  • "First Science Observations with SOFIA/FORCAST: The FORCAST Mid-infrared 
    Camera," Herter, T. L., Adams, J. D., De Buizer, J. M., et al. 2012, ApJ, 
    749, L18 
  • "Early Science with SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared 
    Astronomy," Young, E. T., Becklin, E. E., Marcum, P. M., et al. 2012, ApJ, 
    749, L17 
  • "Pointing stability and image quality of the SOFIA Airborne Telescope 
    during initial science missions," Lampater, U., Keas, P., Brewster, R., et 
    al. 2011, SPIE, 8336 
  • "Status of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)," 
    Gehrz, R. D., Becklin, E. E., De Buizer, J., et al. 2011, AdSpR, 48, 1004 
  • "EPOXI: Comet 103P/Hartley 2 Observations from a Worldwide Campaign," 
    Meech, K. J., A'Hearn, M. F., Adams, J. A., et al. 2011, ApJ, 734, L1  
    

Last updated: June 2012

"First Science Observations with SOFIA/FORCAST: The FORCAST Mid-infrared Camera," Herter, T. L., Adams, J. D., De Buizer, J. M., et al. 2012, ApJL, in press.

"First Science Observations with SOFIA/FORCAST: 6 TO 37 micron Imaging of Orion BN/KL," De Buizer, J. M., Morris, M. R., Becklin, E. E., et al. 2012, ApJL, in press.

"First Science Observations with SOFIA/FORCAST: 6 to 37 micron Imaging of the Central Orion Nebula," Shuping, R. Y., Morris, M. R., Herter, T. L., et al. 2012, ApJL, in press.

"First Science Observations with SOFIA/FORCAST: Properties of Intermediate-Luminosity Protostars and Circumstellar Disks in OMC-2," Adams, J. D., Herter, T. L., Osorio, M., et al. 2012, ApJL, in press.

"First Science Results From SOFIA/FORCAST: Super-Resolution Imaging of the S140 Cluster at 37mm," Harvey, P. M., Adams, J. D., Herter, T. L., et al. 2012, ApJL, in press.

"First science results from SOFIA/FORCAST: The mid-infrared view of the compact HII region W3A," Salgado, F., Berne, O., Adams, J. D., et al. 2012, ApJL, in press.

"First science results from SOFIA/FORCAST: Mid-IR Observations of M82,"  Nikola, T., Herter, T. L., Vacca, W.D. et al. 2012, ApJL, in press.

"Early Science with SOFIA, The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, "  Young, E. T., Beckin, E. E., De Buizer, J. M. et at. 2012, ApJL, in press.

"Pointing stability and image quality of the SOFIA Airborne Telescope during initial science missions," Lampater, U., Keas, P., Brewster, R., et al. 2011, SPIE, 8336.

"Status of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)," Gehrz, R. D., Becklin, E. E., De Buizer, J., et al. 2011, AdSpR, 48, 1004-1016.

"EPOXI: Comet 103P/Hartley 2 Observations from a Worldwide Campaign," Meech, K. J., A'Hearn, M. F., Adams, J. A., et al. 2011, ApJ, 734, L1.