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SISTINE: a pathfinder for FUV imaging spectroscopy on future NASA astrophysics missions
Author(s): Brian T. Fleming; Kevin France; Nicholas Nell; Nicholas Kruczek; Robert Kane; James Green; Manuel A. Quijada; Javier Del Hoyo; Oswald Siegmund
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Paper Abstract

The University of Colorado ultraviolet sounding rocket program presents the motivation and design capabilities of the new Suborbital Imaging Spectrograph for Transition Region Irradiance from Nearby Exoplanet host stars (SISTINE). SISTINE is a pathfinder for future UV space instrumentation, incorporating advanced broadband refl ective mirror coatings and large format borosilicate microchannel plate detectors that address technology gaps identified by the NASA Cosmic Origins program. The optical design capitalizes on new capabilities enabled by these technologies to demonstrate optical pathlengths in a sounding rocket envelope that would otherwise require a prohibitive effective area penalty in the 1020 - 1150 Å bandpass. This enables SISTINE to achieve high signal-to-noise observations of emission lines from planet-hosting dwarf stars with moderate spectral resolution (R ~ 10,000) and sub-arcsecond angular imaging. In this proceedings, we present the scientific motivation for a moderate resolution imaging spectrograph, the design of SISTINE, and the enabling technologies that make SISTINE, and future advanced FUV-sensitive instrumentation, possible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 99050A (11 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232249
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Brian T. Fleming, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Kevin France, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Nicholas Nell, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Nicholas Kruczek, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Robert Kane, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
James Green, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Manuel A. Quijada, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Javier Del Hoyo, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Oswald Siegmund, Sensor Sciences LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9905:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Tadayuki Takahashi; Marshall Bautz, Editor(s)

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