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Little mirror, big science
Author(s): James C. Green
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Paper Abstract

It will be decades before a flagship class mission in the ultraviolet will be implemented to succeed the Hubble Space Telescope. However, advances in technology can enable smaller aperture systems to achieve and surpass HST sensitivity by reducing attacking the noise portion of the signal/noise calculation. Through the use of ultra-low noise photon counting detectors, low scatter optics, and optical design, instruments in the ultraviolet can be developed that can attack critical science questions that cannot be addressed by current instrumentation, even in an Explorer class mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 844302 (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.924106
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James C. Green, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8443:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Stephen S. Murray; Jan-Willem A. den Herder, Editor(s)

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