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Fast UV slitless spectrometer for meteor research
Author(s): Joseph A. Nuth; John L. Lowrance; George Renda; George R. Carruthers
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Paper Abstract

We have designed a wide-field, objective grating spectrograph based on a Schmidt optical system, similar to one flown in sounding rocket investigations by the Naval Research Laboratory. The instrument covers a field of view 10 degrees in diameter, has a spectral range of 130 - 300 nanometers, and utilizes a solar blind image intensifier tube coupled to a CCD array camera. The instrument could be flown as a Shuttle Hitchhiker payload, in a Spartan mission, or (eventually) as a Space Station attached payload. Another possible application of the instrument would be to observe any UV emission from lightning `sprites', which would be prominent if these extend to high enough altitudes to be above a significant portion of the ozone layer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 1999
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 3818, Ultraviolet Atmospheric and Space Remote Sensing: Methods and Instrumentation II, (28 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.364147
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Joseph A. Nuth, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John L. Lowrance, Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc. (United States)
George Renda, Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc. (United States)
George R. Carruthers, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3818:
Ultraviolet Atmospheric and Space Remote Sensing: Methods and Instrumentation II
George R. Carruthers; Kenneth F. Dymond, Editor(s)

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