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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 17 — Jun. 10, 2010
  • pp: 3265–3273

Evaluation of payload performance for a sounding rocket vacuum ultraviolet spatial heterodyne spectrometer to observe C IV λ λ 1550 emissions from the Cygnus Loop

Steven Watchorn, Fred L. Roesler, John Harlander, Kurt P. Jaehnig, Ronald J. Reynolds, and Wilton T. Sanders  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 17, pp. 3265-3273 (2010)

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The results of a project to develop a spatial heterodyne spectrometer (SHS) for a sounding rocket mission to study the Cygnus Loop, a prototypical middle-aged supernova remnant, are discussed. The goal was to obtain a radial velocity-resolved spectrum of the C IV λλ 1550 emission line from bright features of the Cygnus Loop, as a test for mapping the diffuse hot interstellar medium (ISM). A full Fourier-transform analysis of Cygnus Loop emission data is presented, showing lack of velocity-resolved C IV emission detection. Optics contamination is shown to be the most likely problem, and ways to eliminate this contamination for future SHS sounding rocket and satellite missions are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy
(300.6300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Fourier transforms
(300.6310) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, heterodyne
(300.6540) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultraviolet

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Original Manuscript: November 9, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 4, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 6, 2010
Published: June 2, 2010

Steven Watchorn, Fred L. Roesler, John Harlander, Kurt P. Jaehnig, Ronald J. Reynolds, and Wilton T. Sanders, "Evaluation of payload performance for a sounding rocket vacuum ultraviolet spatial heterodyne spectrometer to observe C IV λλ1550 emissions from the Cygnus Loop," Appl. Opt. 49, 3265-3273 (2010)

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