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Far ultraviolet scatter performance from holographic gratings
Author(s): Matthew Beasley; Brennan Gantner; James Green
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Paper Abstract

We present deep scatter measurements on a sinusoidal profile, high groove density, holographically ruled, large format grating. With long exposures and a low-noise detector, we were able to measure scatter at levels of 1 * 10-6/Ly α/nm at 100 nm. The result has potential impacts in the prospect of high sensitivity measurements of very faint objects at FUV wavelengths. Any instrument sensitive to hydrogen Lyman α, a bright geo-coronal airglow line, must control the scatter to make astrophysically significant measurements. Measurements of very faint emission line source - particularly ones that do not have known redshifts (i.e. wavelength solution), Lyman α scatter may be the dominant source of error. Therefore, characterization of the actual value of scatter is crucial to the success of future missions that will use diffraction-based measures for detecting very faint targets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 70113O (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789541
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Matthew Beasley, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Brennan Gantner, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
James Green, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7011:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

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