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New techniques in ultraviolet astronomical polarimetry: wide-field imaging and far-ultraviolet spectropolarimetry
Author(s): Kenneth H. Nordsieck; Pamela Marcum; Kurt P. Jaehnig; Donald E. Michalski
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Paper Abstract

Two sounding rockets payloads under development at the Space Astronomy Laboratory are intended to explore different forms of ultraviolet astronomical polarimetry as a follow-up to the successful mission of the Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment (WUPPE). The unknown territory of diffuse-object ultraviolet polarimetry is to be explored by the Wide- Field Imaging Survey Polarimeter (WISP). WISP is a quite unusual integrated fast telescope/polarimeter optimized for the wavelengths 135 - 260 nm. The first WISP flight is scheduled for Fall 1993, targeting the Pleiades reflection nebula. Just in its early development is another sounding rocket payload, the Far-Ultraviolet Spectropolarimeter. This instrument is to have a resolution of better than 0.1 nm and a spectral coverage from 105 to 145 nm. It will consist of a 0.4 m parabolic primary with polarimetric optics at the prime focus and a far ultraviolet spectrometer. The polarimetric analyzer will be a thin stressed-LiF waveplate, followed by a diamond Brewster-angle polarizer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2010, X-Ray and Ultraviolet Polarimetry, (15 February 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.168586
Show Author Affiliations
Kenneth H. Nordsieck, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Pamela Marcum, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Kurt P. Jaehnig, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Donald E. Michalski, 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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