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Exploring ultraviolet astronomical polarimetry: results from the Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment (WUPPE)
Author(s): Kenneth H. Nordsieck; Arthur D. Code; C. M. Anderson; M. R. Meade; B. Babler; Donald E. Michalski; R. H. Pfeifer; T. E. Jones
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Paper Abstract

In December 1990, the Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment (WUPPE) on the Astro-1 shuttle Spacelab mission obtained approximately eight hours of pioneering ultraviolet spectropolarimetric observations on more than 20 galactic and extragalactic objects. WUPPE is a 0.5 m Cassegrain telescope coupled to a Monk-Gilleson spectrometer with a magnesium fluoride polarizing beamsplitter preceded by magnesium fluoride halfwave retarders. Two spectra from 135 to 330 nm with orthogonal polarization are detected simultaneously by a pair of intensified photodiode arrays. The first flight measured for the first time the ultraviolet polarization induced by interstellar dust, the UV intrinsic polarization of the rapidly rotating `Be' stars, and the large polarization in a `hidden' active galactic nucleus. A second flight of Astro is currently scheduled for 1994.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2010, X-Ray and Ultraviolet Polarimetry, (15 February 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.168568
Show Author Affiliations
Kenneth H. Nordsieck, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Arthur D. Code, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
C. M. Anderson, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
M. R. Meade, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
B. Babler, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Donald E. Michalski, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
R. H. Pfeifer, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
T. E. Jones, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2010:
X-Ray and Ultraviolet Polarimetry
Silvano Fineschi, Editor(s)

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