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Solar glint suppression in compact planetary ultraviolet spectrographs
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Paper Abstract

Solar glint suppression is an important consideration in the design of compact photon-counting ultraviolet spectrographs. Southwest Research Institute developed the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (launch in 2009), and the Ultraviolet Spectrograph on Juno (Juno-UVS, launch in 2011). Both of these compact spectrographs revealed minor solar glints in flight that did not appear in pre-launch analyses. These glints only appeared when their respective spacecraft were operating outside primary science mission parameters. Post-facto scattered light analysis verifies the geometries at which these glints occurred and why they were not caught during ground testing or nominal mission operations. The limitations of standard baffle design at near-grazing angles are discussed, as well as the importance of including surface scatter properties in standard stray light analyses when determining solar keep-out efficiency. In particular, the scattered light analysis of these two instruments shows that standard "one bounce" assumptions in baffle design are not always enough to prevent scattered sunlight from reaching the instrument focal plane. Future builds, such as JUICE-UVS, will implement improved scattered and stray light modeling early in the design phase to enhance capabilities in extended mission science phases, as well as optimize solar keep out volume.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2015
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9601, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XIX, 96010P (24 August 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2187105
Show Author Affiliations
Michael W. Davis, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Jason C. Cook, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Cesare Grava, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Thomas K. Greathouse, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
G. Randall Gladstone, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Kurt D. Retherford, Southwest Research Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9601:
UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XIX
Oswald H. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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