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2018 flight of the faint intergalactic medium redshifted emission balloon (FIREBall-2) (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Erika T. Hamden; Keri Hoadley; Chris Martin; David Schiminovich; Shouleh Nikzad; Bruno Milliard; Gillian Kyne

Paper Abstract

In this talk, I will describe briefly the telescope, instrument, and flight of the Faint Intergalactic medium Redshifted Emission Balloon (FIREBall-2). FIREBall-2 is a UV multi-object spectrograph fed by a 1 meter parabola mirror. The instrument was designed to observe 4 pre-selected fields and uses a UV optimized delta-doped EMCCD. The telescope flew on September 22, 2018 from Fort Sumner, NM, as part of the fall CSBF balloon campaign. The telescope collected data for several night hours before being cut down. I will describe the testing, flight, and hardware performance with an emphasis on the in flight performance of the instrument, including resolution, throughput, and the overall operation of the UV optimized EMCCD. Additional talks will be presented on other aspects of the flight and data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
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Proc. SPIE 11118, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXI, 1111814 (9 September 2019);
Show Author Affiliations
Erika T. Hamden, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Keri Hoadley, Caltech (United States)
Chris Martin, Caltech (United States)
David Schiminovich, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Shouleh Nikzad, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Bruno Milliard, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Gillian Kyne, Caltech (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11118:
UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXI
Oswald H. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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