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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2000
  • pp: 3991–3999

Tomographic extreme-ultraviolet spectrographs: TESS

Daniel M. Cotton, Andrew Stephan, Timothy Cook, James Vickers, Valerie Taylor, and Supriya Chakrabarti  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 22, pp. 3991-3999 (2000)

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We describe the system of Tomographic Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) SpectrographS (TESS) that are the primary instruments for the Tomographic Experiment using Radiative Recombinative Ionospheric EUV and Radio Sources (TERRIERS) satellite. The spectrographs were designed to make high-sensitivity {80 counts/s)/Rayleigh [one Rayleigh is equivalent to 106 photons/(4π str cm2 s)}, line-of-sight measurements of the oi 135.6- and 91.1-nm emissions suitable for tomographic inversion. The system consists of five spectrographs, four identical nightglow instruments (for redundancy and added sensitivity), and one instrument with a smaller aperture to reduce sensitivity and increase spectral resolution for daytime operation. Each instrument has a bandpass of 80–140 nm with approximately 2- and 1-nm resolution for the night and day instruments, respectively. They utilize microchannel-plate-based two-dimensional imaging detectors with wedge-and-strip anode readouts. The instruments were designed, fabricated, and calibrated at Boston University, and the TERRIERS satellite was launched on 18 May 1999 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2170) General : Equipment and techniques
(040.0040) Detectors : Detectors
(110.6960) Imaging systems : Tomography
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(300.6540) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultraviolet

Original Manuscript: December 14, 1999
Revised Manuscript: March 27, 2000
Published: August 1, 2000

Daniel M. Cotton, Andrew Stephan, Timothy Cook, James Vickers, Valerie Taylor, and Supriya Chakrabarti, "Tomographic extreme-ultraviolet spectrographs: TESS," Appl. Opt. 39, 3991-3999 (2000)

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