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Development and testing of diffraction gratings for the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph
Author(s): David A. Content; Rene A. Boucarut; Charles W. Bowers; Timothy J. Madison; Geraldine A. Wright; Don J. Lindler; L. K. Huang; Bernard Peter Puc; Clive Standley; Todd A. Norton
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Paper Abstract

The second servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), scheduled for early 1997, will be the first change in the spectroscopic capabilities of HST since its initial deployment. The Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) is a multipurpose instrument covering the far ultraviolet (FUV) through near infrared spectral range. It acquires spectra at several spectral resolutions, which facilitates observations at many distances and brightnesses. STIS will replace both of the first generation spectrographs, the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph and the Faint Object Spectrograph. This will allow the addition of a Near- Infrared Camera. STIS required the development and testing of many high quality diffraction gratings, including several very difficult echelles for the FUV. The methods and results of this grating development program are presented. The results serve as a snapshot of industry capabilities for producing high quality spaceborne diffraction gratings.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2807, Space Telescopes and Instruments IV, (12 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.255105
Show Author Affiliations
David A. Content, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Rene A. Boucarut, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Charles W. Bowers, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Timothy J. Madison, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Geraldine A. Wright, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Don J. Lindler, Advanced Computer Concepts, Inc. (United States)
L. K. Huang, Hughes STX (United States)
Bernard Peter Puc, Hughes STX (United States)
Clive Standley, Hughes STX (United States)
Todd A. Norton, Swales and Associates, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2807:
Space Telescopes and Instruments IV
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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