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The opto-mechanical design of the sub-orbital local interstellar cloud experiment (SLICE)
Author(s): Robert Kane; Nicholas Nell; Ted Schultz; Kevin France; Matthew Beasley; Eric Burgh; Rachel Bushinsky; Keri Hoadley
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Paper Abstract

We present the fabrication and testing of the Sub-orbital Local Interstellar Cloud Experiment (SLICE), a rocket-borne payload for ultraviolet astrophysics in the 1020 to 1070 Å bandpass. The SLICE optical system is composed of an ultraviolet-optimized telescope feeding a Rowland Circle spectrograph. The telescope is an 8-inch Classical Cassegrain operating at F/7, with Al optics overcoated with LiF for enhanced far-ultraviolet reflectivity. The holographically-ruled grating focuses light at an open-faced microchannel plate detector employing an opaque RbBr photocathode. In this proceeding, we describe the design trades and calibration issues confronted during the build-up of this payload. We place particular emphasis on the technical details of the design, modifications, construction, and alignment procedures for SLICE in order to provide a roadmap for the optimization of future ruggedized experiments for ultraviolet imaging and spectroscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2013
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 8859, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XVIII, 885912 (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023079
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Kane, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Nicholas Nell, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Ted Schultz, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
Kevin France, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Matthew Beasley, Planetary Resources, Inc. (United States)
Eric Burgh, SOFIA/USRA, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Rachel Bushinsky, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Keri Hoadley, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8859:
UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XVIII
Oswald H. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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