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Performance of the GHRS Pt-Ne Hollow-Cathode Lamps After Their Return From Space and Comparison With Archival Data

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Author(s)

F Kerber, D Lindler, P Bristow, Gillian Nave, Joseph Reader, Craig J. Sansonetti, D Lembke, S Heap, Michael R. Rosa, H J. Wood

Abstract

The Space Telescope European Co-ordinating Facility (ST-ECF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are collaborating to study hollow cathode calibration lamps as used onboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). As part of the STIS Calibration Enhancement (STIS-CE) Project we are trying to improve our understanding of the performance of hollow cathode lamps and the physical processes involved in their long term operation. The original flight lamps from the Faint Object Spectrograph (FOS) and the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS) are the only lamps that have ever been returned to Earth after extended operation in space. We have taken spectra of all four lamps using NIST s 10.7-m normal-incidence spectrograph and Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) optimized for use in the ultraviolet (UV). These spectra, together with spectra archived from six years of on-orbit operations and pre-launch spectra, provide a unique data set covering a period of about 20 years - for studying aging effects in these lamps. Our findings represent important lessons for the choice and design of calibration sources and their operation in future UV and optical spectrographs in space. Our results will be directly used for planning science operations of the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) which is going to be installed on the HST during the next servicing mission.
Proceedings Title
Space Telescope and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray| |Eds. M. J. L. Turner and G. Hasinger
Volume
6266
Conference Dates
May 1, 2006
Conference Location
Undefined
Conference Title
SPIE Conference Proceedings

Keywords

Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph, Hubble Space Telescope, Pt/Ne hollow cathode lamp, wavelength calibration

Citation

Kerber, F. , Lindler, D. , Bristow, P. , Nave, G. , Reader, J. , Sansonetti, C. , Lembke, D. , Heap, S. , Rosa, M. and Wood, H. (2006), Performance of the GHRS Pt-Ne Hollow-Cathode Lamps After Their Return From Space and Comparison With Archival Data, Space Telescope and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray| |Eds. M. J. L. Turner and G. Hasinger, Undefined (Accessed July 23, 2024)

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Created April 30, 2006, Updated October 12, 2021