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  • Vol. 9, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1970
  • pp: 601–603

Small LiF Prism Spectrometer for Space Applications

H. W. Moos, R. C. Vitz, J. R. Barry, and J. L. Buckley  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 9, Issue 3, pp. 601-603 (1970)

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A small LiF prism constant deviation spectrometer of the Czerny-Turner type is described. The transmission in the vacuum uv is at least twice that of a typical Ebert plane grating spectrometer. Although designed for planetary astronomy, it is also useful for airglow experiments and interplanetary missions where compactness and low weight are desirable. Without a drive, it weighs 850 g and is roughly 17 cm × 10 cm × 7 cm. However, it is mechanically rugged with high wavelength stability in flight (~1 Å). With 0.5-mm entrance and exit slits the spectral resolution is 16 Å at 1216 Å.

© 1970 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 21, 1969
Published: March 1, 1970

H. W. Moos, R. C. Vitz, J. R. Barry, and J. L. Buckley, "Small LiF Prism Spectrometer for Space Applications," Appl. Opt. 9, 601-603 (1970)

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  1. H. W. Moos, W. G. Fastie, M. Bottema, Astrophys. J. 155, 887 (1969). [CrossRef]
  2. M. Bottema, W. G. Fastie, H. W. Moos, Appl. Opt. 6, 1821 (1969). [CrossRef]
  3. R. A. Sawyer, Experimental Spectroscopy (Dover Publications Inc., New York, 1963), p. 87.
  4. J. Hennes, L. Dunkelman, in The Middle Ultraviolet: Its Science and Technology, A. E. S. Green, Ed. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1966), p. 356.
  5. A similar drive and general construction practice is described, by W. G. Fastie, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiative Transfer 3, 507 (1963), and in NASA Technical Note D-2250, 1964. [CrossRef]
  6. For a further discussion see J. L. Buckley, Ph.D. dissertation The Johns Hopkins University, 1969.

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