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Large space ultraviolet observatory ST2010: initial plans for a new UV/O mission
Author(s): J. Michael Shull
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Paper Abstract

I summarize the ST-2010 mission concept: a large-aperture (4 - 8 m) ultraviolet/optical successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, which is scheduled for de-orbit in the year 2010. A complete scientific and technological study is given in the report of the Ultraviolet-Optical Working Group (UVOWG), commissioned by NASA to study the scientific rationale for new missions in ultraviolet/optical space astronomy. ST-2010 will provide a major facility for many key projects: (1) Mapping dark baryons and large-scale structure; (2) detecting unseen matter through weak gravitational lensing; (3) Studying feedback from star formation; (4) Determining the origin of star, planets, and the elements. With an emphasis on high- throughput UV spectroscopy and wide-field imaging, ST-2010 will require significant advances in technology: UV detectors, gratings, mirrors, spectrographs and imagers. To achieve our science goals, the ST-2010 spectrographs will need to deliver 10 - 100-fold increases in throughput and multiplex efficiency over Hubble. The ST-2010 imagers should achieve similar gains in field of view (10' X 10') and efficiency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 November 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3764, Ultraviolet and X-Ray Detection, Spectroscopy, and Polarimetry III, (25 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.371080
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J. Michael Shull, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3764:
Ultraviolet and X-Ray Detection, Spectroscopy, and Polarimetry III
Silvano Fineschi; Bruce E. Woodgate; Randy A. Kimble, Editor(s)

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