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The Spartan-281 Far Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph
Author(s): George R. Carruthers; Harry M. Heckathorn; Reginald J. Dufour; Chet B. Opal; John C. Raymond; Adolf N. Witt
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Paper Abstract

The Naval Research Laboratory's Far Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (FUVIS) is currently under development for flight as a Spartan shuttle payload. The science objectives are concerned with spectroscopy of diffuse sources in the far-UV (1000-2000 A) with very high sensitivity and with moderate spatial and spectral resolution. Sources of interest include diffuse nebulae, the gener-al galactic background radiation, and artificially induced radiations associated with the space shuttle vehicle (e.g., surface glow and RCS thruster firings). The measurements complement and support other investigations, such as with the Hubble Space Telescope and the Astro shuttle instruments, which have higher spectral and spatial resolutions but lower diffuse-source sensitivities and smaller fields of view. The principles, design, and sounding-rocket flight experience of FUVIS are discussed, as well as the adaptations required for flight in the Spartan mission. The instrument can be adapted for future, missions by use Of an electron-bombarded CCD array in place of electrographic film recording. The data reduction and analysis plans for the Spartan-281 FUVIS results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 1988
PDF: 27 pages
Proc. SPIE 0932, Ultraviolet Technology II, (16 August 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.946880
Show Author Affiliations
George R. Carruthers, E. O. Hulburt Center for Space Research (United States)
Harry M. Heckathorn, E. O. Hulburt Center for Space Research (United States)
Reginald J. Dufour, Rice University (United States)
Chet B. Opal, University of Texas (United States)
John C. Raymond, Center for Astrophysics (United States)
Adolf N. Witt, University of Toledo (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0932:
Ultraviolet Technology II
Robert E. Huffman, Editor(s)

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