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Cryogenic Michelson interferometer on the space shuttle
Author(s): Stanley J. Wellard; Jeffery G. Blakeley; Steven Brown; Brent Y. Bartschi; E. Ray Huppi
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Paper Abstract

A helium-cooled interferometer was flown aboard shuttle flight STS-39. This interferometer, along with its sister radiometer, set new benchmarks for the quantity and quality of data collected. The interferometer generated approximately 150,000 interferograms during the course of the flight. Data was collected at tangent heights from the earth's surface to celestial targets. The interferograms encoded spectral data from aurora, earth limb, and earth terminator scenes. The interferometer collected data at resolutions of 8, 4, and 1 wavenumbers over a spectral range of 2 to 25 micrometers. The interferometer's optics, detectors and preamps, laser reference system, realignment system, and eight-position optical filter wheel are described as they performed on-orbit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 January 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1765, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments V, (21 January 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.140896
Show Author Affiliations
Stanley J. Wellard, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Jeffery G. Blakeley, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Steven Brown, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Brent Y. Bartschi, Utah State Univ. (United States)
E. Ray Huppi, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1765:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments V
Ramsey K. Melugin, Editor(s)

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