26 September 2013 The opto-mechanical design of the sub-orbital local interstellar cloud experiment (SLICE)
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We present the fabrication and testing of the Sub-orbital Local Interstellar Cloud Experiment (SLICE), a rocket-borne payload for ultraviolet astrophysics in the 1020 to 1070 Å bandpass. The SLICE optical system is composed of an ultraviolet-optimized telescope feeding a Rowland Circle spectrograph. The telescope is an 8-inch Classical Cassegrain operating at F/7, with Al optics overcoated with LiF for enhanced far-ultraviolet reflectivity. The holographically-ruled grating focuses light at an open-faced microchannel plate detector employing an opaque RbBr photocathode. In this proceeding, we describe the design trades and calibration issues confronted during the build-up of this payload. We place particular emphasis on the technical details of the design, modifications, construction, and alignment procedures for SLICE in order to provide a roadmap for the optimization of future ruggedized experiments for ultraviolet imaging and spectroscopy.
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Robert Kane, Nicholas Nell, Ted Schultz, Kevin France, Matthew Beasley, Eric Burgh, Rachel Bushinsky, Keri Hoadley, "The opto-mechanical design of the sub-orbital local interstellar cloud experiment (SLICE)", Proc. SPIE 8859, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XVIII, 885912 (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023079; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2023079

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