14 September 1994 Photometric calibrations of the AFP-675 far-ultraviolet cameras experiment
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The far ultraviolet cameras experiment (NRL-803), part of the U.S. Air Force Space Test Program's AFP-675 payload, flew aboard the space shuttle Discovery in April - May 1991 (STS-39). While in orbit, the experiment gathered data about sources of far-ultraviolet radiation in near-Earth and distant space. To obtain quantitative information from the data, pre-flight and post-flight calibrations of the flight instruments were required. Calibrations were performed using a vacuum-UV optical collimator and two types of light sources: (a) a vacuum-UV monochromator, whose output wavelength could be varied over the wavelength range 105 - 200 nm; and (b) gas discharge tubes with interference-filter windows, giving monochromatic output at selected wavelengths within this range. Calibrations were of two types (the first performed only before flight): (a) using the far UV cameras as photodiodes; and (b) using the cameras to record images on film, as during flight. In addition, in-flight calibrations are obtained from observations of hot stars or other sources which have been measured by previous space experiments. Results from the calibrations are used to derive absolute far-UV brightnesses of objects from the actual flight data.
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George R. Carruthers, Brian C. Dohne, Kevin K. Shephard, Susan A. Christe Reeb, Edward G. Schmidt, "Photometric calibrations of the AFP-675 far-ultraviolet cameras experiment", Proc. SPIE 2282, Ultraviolet Technology V, (14 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.186612; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.186612
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