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Optical Engineering

Problems Peculiar to Spectral Ballistic Camera Instrumentation
Author(s): Daniel J. Novak
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Paper Abstract

The Spectral Ballistic Camera instrument (slitless spectrographs for nighttime use) provide relative intensity data as a function of wavelength, and scintillation analysis information on various missiles and other emissive body trajectories. Problems encountered when recording low-light-level emissions, calibration of off-axis imagery, optimum recording emulsions, development techniques, reduction of data, and timing correlations are currently being investigated. The instruments are presently confined to recording trajectory and spectra on relatively wide-field cameras that are directed toward the areas of interest. Transmission gratings mounted before the lens are aligned on the cameras so that the direction of spectral dispersion is perpendicular to the predicted motion on the trajectory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1966
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 4(5) 405212 doi: 10.1117/12.7971342
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 4, Issue 5
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Daniel J. Novak, Dynalectron Corp. (United States)

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