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Scattered light characteristics of the Hubble Space Telescope Faint Object Spectrograph
Author(s): Frank Bartko; Geoffrey S. Burks; Gerry Kriss; Arthur Davidsen; Ross D. Cohen; Vesa T. Junkkarinen; Ron W. Lyons; Richard J. Harms
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Paper Abstract

Observations of a standard star (BD+75D325) have been used to measure the Hubble Space Telescope (HST)/Faint Object Spectrograph (FOS) scattering characteristics in the wavelength range 115 to 250 nm. Spectra of the standard star were obtained as the star was progressively offset from the optical line of sight axis of the telescope, both in the in- dispersion and cross-dispersion directions. These data have been reduced and analyzed to determine the scattering function of the telescope-spectrograph combination. Two primary results have been obtained. (1) The resulting scattering function exhibits three characteristics: (a) the inner core ((theta) < 4') is dominated by the large Point Spread Function (PSF) of the HST; (b) the outer wings of the scattering function (4' < (theta) < 32') show a (theta) -3 dependence consistent with predictions for the HST Airy disc; and (c) the wavelength dependence of this scattering function follows (lambda) -1, suggesting that the ultraviolet (UV) micro roughness contribution to the scatter is quite small, and hence the HST primary mirror is very smooth at ultraviolet wavelengths. (2) The FOS scattering contribution is limited only by grating scatter, and is consistent with pre-launch grating calibration measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1945, Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments II, (1 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.158767
Show Author Affiliations
Frank Bartko, Bartko Science & Technology (United States)
Geoffrey S. Burks, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Gerry Kriss, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Arthur Davidsen, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Ross D. Cohen, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Vesa T. Junkkarinen, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Ron W. Lyons, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Richard J. Harms, Applied Research Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1945:
Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments II
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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