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28 September 1999 Fast UV slitless spectrometer for meteor research
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We have designed a wide-field, objective grating spectrograph based on a Schmidt optical system, similar to one flown in sounding rocket investigations by the Naval Research Laboratory. The instrument covers a field of view 10 degrees in diameter, has a spectral range of 130 - 300 nanometers, and utilizes a solar blind image intensifier tube coupled to a CCD array camera. The instrument could be flown as a Shuttle Hitchhiker payload, in a Spartan mission, or (eventually) as a Space Station attached payload. Another possible application of the instrument would be to observe any UV emission from lightning `sprites', which would be prominent if these extend to high enough altitudes to be above a significant portion of the ozone layer.
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Joseph A. Nuth III, John L. Lowrance, George Renda, and George R. Carruthers "Fast UV slitless spectrometer for meteor research", Proc. SPIE 3818, Ultraviolet Atmospheric and Space Remote Sensing: Methods and Instrumentation II, (28 September 1999);


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