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The Diffuse Interstellar Cloud Experiment (DICE): integration and first-look data
Author(s): Eric Schindhelm; Eric Burgh; Robert Kane; Brennan Gantner; Sarah LeVine; Matthew Beasley; James Green
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Paper Abstract

We have assembled and launched the Diffuse Interstellar Cloud Experiment (DICE), an instrument capable of recording high resolution (λ/δλ = 30,000) spectra in the Far Ultraviolet (FUV). Absorption measurements toward nearby bright stars can provide new insight into the processes governing warm-hot gas in the Local Interstellar Medium. It flew on May 21st, 2010. An anomaly in the Black Brant motor subjected the payload to abnormally high vibration. As a result, the optics were misaligned and no spectral data fell on the detector. Here we present the details of mechanical and electrical integration with NASA launch systems, as well as optical alignment of the telescope and spectrograph. In addition, we summarize the flight results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 773207 (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857478
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Schindhelm, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Eric Burgh, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Robert Kane, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Brennan Gantner, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Sarah LeVine, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Matthew Beasley, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
James Green, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7732:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Monique Arnaud; Stephen S. Murray; Tadayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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