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Ultraviolet imaging telescope (UVIT) on ASTROSAT
Author(s): Amit Kumar; S. K. Ghosh; J. Hutchings; P. U. Kamath; S. Kathiravan; P. K. Mahesh; J. Murthy; S. Nagbhushana; A. K. Pati; M. N. Rao; N. K. Rao; S. Sriram; S. N. Tandon
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Paper Abstract

The Ultra Violet Imaging Telescope on ASTROSAT Satellite mission is a suite of Far Ultra Violet (FUV: 130 - 180 nm), Near Ultra Violet (NUV: 200 - 300 nm) and Visible band (VIS: 320-550nm) imagers. ASTROSAT is the multi-wavelength mission of ISRO. UVIT will image the sky simultaneously in three channels with a field of view diameter of ~ 28 arcminutes and an angular resolution < 1.8". Two identical co-aligned telescopes (T1, T2) of Ritchey-Chretien configuration (Primary mirror of ~375 mm diameter) collect the celestial radiation and feed the detector systems via a selectable filter on a filter wheel mechanism; gratings are available in the filter wheels of FUV and NUV channels for slitless low-resolution spectroscopy. The photon-counting detector system for each of the 3 channels is generically identical. One of the telescopes images in the FUV channel, while the other images in NUV and VIS channels via a beamsplitter. Images from the VIS channel are principally used for measuring drift, used in construction of images on the ground by shift and add, and to reconstruct absolute aspect of the images. Adequate baffling has been provided for reducing the scattered background from the Sun, earth albedo and other bright objects. The one-time opening mechanical cover on each telescope also works as a Sun-shield after deployment. We will present the overall (mechanical, optical and electrical) design of the payload.

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Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84431N (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.924507
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Amit Kumar, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
S. K. Ghosh, National Ctr. for Radio Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
J. Hutchings, NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Canada)
P. U. Kamath, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
S. Kathiravan, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
P. K. Mahesh, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
J. Murthy, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
S. Nagbhushana, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
A. K. Pati, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
M. N. Rao, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
N. K. Rao, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
S. Sriram, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
S. N. Tandon, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
Inter Univ. Ctr. for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)

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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