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17 September 2012 Environmental testing of an all-reflective spatial heterodyne spectrometer for wide input angle measurements of H Ly-alpha at high spectral resolving power
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Scattered solar and collisionally stimulated H Ly-α emission is a proven diagnostic for the study of the Sun, comets, the interplanetary medium, planet atmospheres, and corona. Here we discuss the construction and testing of a narrow bandpass instrument designed to observe H Ly-α emission at a resolving power of R~100,000 from targets with an angular extent of ≤½ degree. The instrument is an all-reflective form of the spatial heterodyne spectrometer (SHS), a self-scanning Fourier Transform Spectrometer. It will be incorporated into the focal plane of a suborbital telescope that is scheduled for a March 2013 launch. Initial alignment and vibrational testing was performed with the instrument aligned to a visible analog line. The results showed alignment stability under vibration, but revealed several unacceptable resonances that have been corrected in the mechanical design.
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Walter Harris, Jason Corliss, Yan Bétrémieux, and Fred Roesler "Environmental testing of an all-reflective spatial heterodyne spectrometer for wide input angle measurements of H Ly-alpha at high spectral resolving power", Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 844330 (17 September 2012); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.925725
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