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Throughput of the composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS) mid-infrared (MIR) channel for the Cassini mission to Saturn
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Paper Abstract

The Composite Infrared Spectrometer of the Cassini mission to Saturn has two interferometers covering the far infrared and mid infrared wavelength region. The instrument was aligned at ambient temperature, but operates at 170 Kelvin and has challenging interferometric alignment tolerances. Cryogenic alignment tests of the instrument indicated that it should suffer minimal degradation due to the cooldown from ambient to operational temperature. System level tests performed by the calibration team indicated a lower than expected signal level on the mid infrared channel, while providing ambiguous optical throughput data. Therefore it became imperative to develop a metric that could be used to determine the instrument performance at both the instrument and system levels, at ambient and cryogenic temperature. Modulation efficiency and throughput measurements were performed and new analytical models developed to evaluate the status of the instrument. Methodologies are detailed, empirical and analytical data are reconciled and deviations from design values explained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3435, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VIII, (17 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323737
Show Author Affiliations
John G. Hagopian, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Patricia A. Losch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kenneth P. Stewart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Donald E. Jennings, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Anthony J. Martino, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3435:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VIII
James B. Heaney; Lawrence G. Burriesci, Editor(s)

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