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Digital micromirror array enabled integral field spectroscopy for far-ultraviolet astronomy
Author(s): Brian T. Fleming; Eric Schindhelm; Emily M. Witt; Rachel M. Tyler; Kevin France; Amanda Hendrix; Arika Egan; James Wiley
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Paper Abstract

We present the design for a far-UV integral field spectrograph for astronomy enabled by two-axis digital micromirror arrays. Techniques used for integral field spectroscopy in the Optical-IR bandpass either do not apply to the far-UV due to low material transmission, or have other UV-specific challenges. In order to circumvent this limitation, we have designed an all-reflective method of dynamically reformatting the focal plane of a telescope with micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems (MOEMS). The Adaptive Micromirror Array Demonstration Experiment for Ultraviolet Spectroscopy (AMADEUS) is a benchtop far-UV/Optical spectrograph designed to demonstrate that the stability, repeatability, and scattered light contamination are all sufficiently controlable to use these devices in a high sensitivity astronomical instrument. The use of MOEMS devices enables the focal plane mapping to be reconfigured at will, providing some field sampling and path length control advantages relative to conventional Optical/IR techniques for integral field spectroscopy. We report on the design of AMADEUS and present a spectrograph concept for a future sub-orbital mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10545, MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems XVII, 1054514 (22 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2292331
Show Author Affiliations
Brian T. Fleming, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Eric Schindhelm, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Emily M. Witt, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Rachel M. Tyler, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Kevin France, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Amanda Hendrix, Planetary Science Institute (United States)
Arika Egan, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
James Wiley, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10545:
MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems XVII
Wibool Piyawattanametha; Yong-Hwa Park; Hans Zappe, Editor(s)

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