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Optical Engineering

Optical design of the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph for the Cassini mission to Saturn
Author(s): William E. McClintock; George M. Lawrence; Richard A. Kohnert; Larry W. Esposito
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Paper Abstract

When the Cassini spacecraft arrives at Saturn early in the next century it will carry an Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) designed and built by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado. Observations made with the UVIS will support a broad set of scientific investigations including spectroscopy, imaging, and occultations. The UVIS consists of two spectroscopic channels covering the wavelength ranges 56 to 118 and 110 to 190 nm. Each channel has an off-axis parabolic telescope followed by a toroidal grating spectrograph and an imaging microchannel plate-CODACON detector. Mirror coatings and detector photocathode materials optimize the sensitivity of each channel for its particular wavelength range. Spectrograph entrance slit mechanisms provide three independent spectral and spatial resolution modes for each of the three channels. A third optical train consisting of a parabolic telescope and solar blind photomultiplier tube with a CsI photocathode provides a high-sensitivity photometer mode within the UVIS. The UVIS configuration was selected as a balanced solution to a large number of engineering and scientific constraints. We describe these constraints, the optical design, and the anticipated performance of the instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Opt. Eng. 32(12) doi: 10.1117/12.149177
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 32, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
William E. McClintock, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
George M. Lawrence, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Richard A. Kohnert, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Larry W. Esposito, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)


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