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The COS FUV channel: on-orbit performance trends and early characterization of a new detector lifetime position
Author(s): David J. Sahnow; Alessandra Aloisi; K. Azalee Bostroem; John Debes; Julia Duval; Justin Ely; Philip E. Hodge; Gerard Kriss; Kevin Lindsay; Derck Massa; Cristina Oliveira; Rachel Osten; Steven N. Osterman; Steven V. Penton; Charles Proffitt; Paule Sonnentrucker; Brian York
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Paper Abstract

The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) was installed into the Hubble Space Telescope in May 2009, and has been collecting ultraviolet spectra since then. The Far Ultraviolet channel of COS uses an efficient optical design and a two-segment, large-format Cross Delay Line microchannel plate detector to obtain spectra at medium and low resolution in the far ultraviolet. While the overall instrument performance has been excellent, several long-term trends in performance have been noted and are being addressed. These include a slow decrease in overall sensitivity, which is independent of the illumination and may be due to a degradation of the photocathode with time. In addition, the detector microchannel plates are showing severe gain sag in the regions where the most photons have fallen. As a result, we are in the process of moving the spectra to a new, nearly pristine, location on the detector. This will be the first of several additional lifetime positions which will allow us to collect high-quality spectra for many years to come. We will discuss the factors that led to our decision on where to move next and our progress in moving there, including details of the enabling and calibration activities which are being performed at the new location, and the anticipated performance. We will also address strategies that will be implemented in order to prolong the life at this and subsequent positions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84434C (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926487
Show Author Affiliations
David J. Sahnow, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Alessandra Aloisi, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
K. Azalee Bostroem, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
John Debes, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Julia Duval, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Justin Ely, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Philip E. Hodge, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Gerard Kriss, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Kevin Lindsay, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Derck Massa, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Cristina Oliveira, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Rachel Osten, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Steven N. Osterman, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Steven V. Penton, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Charles Proffitt, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Paule Sonnentrucker, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Brian York, Space Telescope Science Institute (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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