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Alignment and polarization sensitivity study for the Cassini composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS) far-infrared (FIR) interferometer
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Paper Abstract

The Composite InfraRed Spectrometer (CIRS) instrument flying on the Cassini spacecraft to Saturn is a cryogenic spectrometer with far-infrared (FIR) and mid-infrared channels. The CIRS FIR channel is a polarization interferometer that contains three polarizing grid components. These components are an input polarizer, a polarizing beamsplitter, and an output polarizer/analyzer. They consist of a 1.5 micron (micrometers ) thick mylar substrate with 2 micrometers wide copper wires, with 2 micrometers spacing (4 micrometers pitch) photolithographically deposited on the substrate. This paper details the polarization sensitivity studies performed on the output polarizer/analyzer, and the alignment sensitivity studies performed on the input polarizer and beamsplitter components in the FIR interferometer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3435, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VIII, (17 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323743
Show Author Affiliations
Julie A. Crooke, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John G. Hagopian, 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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