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, Robert Kane, Nicholas Nell, Nicholas Nell, Ted Schultz, Ted Schultz, Kevin France, Kevin France, Matthew Beasley, Matthew Beasley, Eric Burgh, Eric Burgh, Rachel Bushinsky, Rachel Bushinsky, Keri Hoadley, 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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