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WIDe-angle GEocoronal Telescope (WIDGET)
Author(s): Daniel M. Cotton; Robert A. Conant; Supriya Chakrabarti
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Paper Abstract

We describe the WIDe-angle GEocoronal Telescope or WIDGET. The telescope is designed to image the cold plasma constituent of the magnetosphere, the plasmasphere, by imaging the He II 304 angstroms emission. It utilizes a spherical normal incidence f/2 mirror with a microchannel plate imaging detector positioned near the focal point of the mirror. The instrument has a 30 degree(s) field of view with a .5 - 1 degree(s) angular resolution. The mirror has a multilayer coating which, combined with an Al/C filter and the detector response, provides a peak sensitivity of approximately 0.5 ct/sec/Rayleigh/bin at 304 angstroms with a bandpass of about 60 angstroms. The instrument will be flown on a sounding rocket in the Fall of 1992 as a test of its capabilities. It can easily be adapted to different wavelengths (584, 834, and 1216 angstroms) using suitable mirror coatings and filters. In this way, a series of WIDGETs could image different aspects of the inner magnetosphere simultaneously, thus providing a more unified picture of this complex region.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1992
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1744, Instrumentation for Magnetospheric Imagery, (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60585
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel M. Cotton, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Robert A. Conant, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Supriya Chakrabarti, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1744:
Instrumentation for Magnetospheric Imagery
Supriya Chakrabarti, Editor(s)

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