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Probing of Hermean Exosphere by ultraviolet spectroscopy: Instrument presentation, calibration philosophy and first lights results
Author(s): J. F. Mariscal; N. Rouanet; J. L. Maria; E. Quémerais; P. O. Mine; P. Zuppella; M. Suman; P. Nicolosi; M. G. Pelizzo; I. Yoshikawa; K. Yoshioka; G. Murakami

Paper Abstract

PHEBUS (Probing of Hermean Exosphere by Ultraviolet Spectroscopy) is a double spectrometer for the Extreme Ultraviolet range (55-155 nm) and the Far Ultraviolet range (145-315 nm) dedicated to the characterization of Mercury’s exosphere composition and dynamics, and surface-exosphere connections. PHEBUS is part of the ESA BepiColombo cornerstone mission payload devoted to the study of Mercury. The BepiColombo mission consists of two spacecrafts: the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) and the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) on which PHEBUS will be mounted. PHEBUS is a French-led instrument implemented in a cooperative scheme involving Japan (detectors), Russia (scanner) and Italy (ground calibration). Before launch, PHEBUS team want to perform a full absolute calibration on ground, in addition to calibrations which will be made in-flight, in order to know the instrument’s response as precisely as possible. Instrument overview and calibration philosophy are introduced along with the first lights results observed by a first prototype.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10565, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2010, 1056514 (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309189
Show Author Affiliations
J. F. Mariscal, LATMOS/CNRS (France)
N. Rouanet, LATMOS (France)
J. L. Maria, LATMOS (France)
E. Quémerais, LATMOS (France)
P. O. Mine, LATMOS (France)
P. Zuppella, CNR-IFN (Italy)
M. Suman, CNR-IFN (Italy)
P. Nicolosi, CNR-IFN (Italy)
M. G. Pelizzo, CNR-IFN (Italy)
I. Yoshikawa, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
K. Yoshioka, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
G. Murakami, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10565:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2010
Errico Armandillo; Bruno Cugny; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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