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On-orbit performance of the double delay line detectors for the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer
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Paper Abstract

The Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) satellite was launched into orbit on June 24, 1999. FUSE is designed to make high resolution ((lambda) /(Delta) (lambda) equals 20,000 - 25,000) observations of solar system, galactic, and extragalactic targets in the far ultraviolet wavelength region (905 - 1187 Angstrom). Its high effective area, low background and planned three year life allow observations of objects which have been too faint for previous high resolution instruments in this wavelength range. The FUSE instrument includes two large format microchannel plate detectors. Each detector system consists of two microchannel plate segments in a Z-stack configuration with double delay line anodes and associated electronics. High detector spatial resolution was required in order to obtain scientific data with high spectral resolving power, and low detector background was necessary in order to observe faint objects. We describe the performance of the FUSE detectors during their first year on orbit, including the mechanical and thermal stability, throughput, background, and flat field of the detector system. We will also discuss the regular single event upsets of the detector electronics, and the strategy adopted in order to minimize their impact on mission efficiency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2000
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 4139, Instrumentation for UV/EUV Astronomy and Solar Missions, (18 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.410518
Show Author Affiliations
David J. Sahnow, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Mark A. Gummin, MAG Systems (United States)
Geoffrey A. Gaines, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Alex W. Fullerton, Johns Hopkins Univ. (USA) and Univ. of Victoria (United States)
Mary Elizabeth Kaiser, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4139:
Instrumentation for UV/EUV Astronomy and Solar Missions
Silvano Fineschi; Clarence M. Korendyke; Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Bruce E. Woodgate, Editor(s)

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