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ACCESS: design and preliminary performance
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Kaiser; Jeffrey W. Kruk; Stephan R. McCandliss; Bernard J. Rauscher; Randy A. Kimble; Russell S. Pelton; David J. Sahnow; W. V. Dixon; Paul D. Feldman; Bryan W. Gaither; Justin S. Lazear; H. Warren Moos; Adam G. Riess; Dominic J. Benford; Jonathan P. Gardner; Robert J. Hill; Duncan M. Kahle; D. Brent Mott; Augustyn Waczynski; Yiting Wen; Bruce E. Woodgate; Ralph C. Bohlin; Susana E. Deustua; Robert Kurucz; Michael Lampton; Saul Perlmutter; Edward L. Wright
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Paper Abstract

ACCESS, Absolute Color Calibration Experiment for Standard Stars, is a series of rocket-borne sub-orbital missions and ground-based experiments designed to enable improvements in the precision of the astrophysical flux scale through the transfer of absolute laboratory detector standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to a network of stellar standards with a calibration accuracy of 1% and a spectral resolving power of 500 across the 0.35.1.7μm bandpass. Establishing improved spectrophotometric standards is important for a broad range of missions and is relevant to many astrophysical problems. Systematic errors associated with problems such as dark energy now compete with the statistical errors and thus limit our ability to answer fundamental questions in astrophysics. The ACCESS design, calibration strategy, and an updated preliminary performance estimate are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 August 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 77313I (10 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857796
Show Author Affiliations
Mary Elizabeth Kaiser, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Jeffrey W. Kruk, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Stephan R. McCandliss, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Bernard J. Rauscher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Randy A. Kimble, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Russell S. Pelton, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
David J. Sahnow, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
W. V. Dixon, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Paul D. Feldman, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Bryan W. Gaither, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Justin S. Lazear, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
H. Warren Moos, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Adam G. Riess, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Dominic J. Benford, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jonathan P. Gardner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert J. Hill, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Duncan M. Kahle, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
D. Brent Mott, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Augustyn Waczynski, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Yiting Wen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Bruce E. Woodgate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ralph C. Bohlin, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Susana E. Deustua, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Robert Kurucz, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Michael Lampton, Space Sciences Lab., Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Saul Perlmutter, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Edward L. Wright, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7731:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mark C. Clampin; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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