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Performance of the UV/Optical Telescope (UVOT) on SWIFT
Author(s): Keith O. Mason; Alice Breeveld; Sally D. Hunsberger; Cynthia James; Tom E. Kennedy; Peter W. A. Roming; Joseph Stock
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Paper Abstract

The Swift/UVOT is a 30-cm aperture imaging telescope that is sensitive to photons in the wavelength range 170nm-600nm and is designed to provide near-ultraviolet and optical measurements of γ-ray bursts and other targets that the Swift observatory observes. The performance of the telescope and its photon counting detectors has been assessed in a series of calibration measurements made under vacuum conditions in a test facility at the Goddard Space Flight Center. We describe some of the results of this campaign, including measurements of the instrument throughput, image quality and distortion, and linearity of response. We also describe the spectroscopic capability of the instrument, which is enabled by the use of two grisms operating in the UV and optical bands respectively. The results from the ground calibration activities will form the basis for establishing the full calibration matrix of the instrument once on orbit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5165, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII, (3 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.503713
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Keith O. Mason, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Alice Breeveld, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Sally D. Hunsberger, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Cynthia James, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Tom E. Kennedy, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Peter W. A. Roming, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Joseph Stock, Swales Aerospace (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5165:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII
Kathryn A. Flanagan; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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