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Optical Engineering

Electrographic Instrumentation For Ultraviolet Imaging And Spectrography
Author(s): George R. Carruthers
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Paper Abstract

The latest results in the Naval Research Laboratory program of far-ultraviolet electrographic camera development, and application of these cameras to astrophysical and upper-atmospheric investigations, are presented. A new large electrographic Schmidt camera, of 15 cm aperture and f/2 focal ratio, has been successfully used in two sounding rocket flights, one for direct imagery in the 1230-2000 A wavelength range and the second for objective spectrography in the 950-2000 A range, of stars and nebulae in the Cygnus region of the sky. The camera has an 11° field of view and better than 30 arc sec resolution (2 A spectral resolution with 600 line/mm objective grating). A nebular spectrograph, based on a microchannel-intensified electrographic Schmidt camera, was then payload of a June 1979 rocket flight. It covers the 1050-2000 A range, and can reach emission line features as faint as 10 Rayleighs in 60 second ex-posures with 5 A spectral resolution. Electrographic cameras with mesh-based semitransparent photocathodes, capable of observations in the extreme ultraviolet below 1050 A, are being developed for a number of space science applications. A camera with microchannel intensification is the detector in an XUV airglow/auroral spectrograph used in a February 1978 rocket flight, and cameras without microchannel intensification are proposed for various solar XUV spectrographic and spectroheliographic applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1979
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 18(6) 186638 doi: 10.1117/12.7972447
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 18, Issue 6
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George R. Carruthers, Naval Research Laboratory (United States)


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