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Student Nitric Oxide Explorer (SNOE) Ultraviolet Spectrometer (UVS)

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spase://SMWG/Instrument/SNOE/UVS

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The objective of the ultraviolet spectrometer (UVS) on board the Student Nitric Oxide Explorer (SNOE) is to measure
the density of nitric oxide in the terrestrial upper atmosphere (thermosphere) by observing the (1,0) and (0,1) gamma bands.
The UVS design is similar to instruments flown on the Solar Mesospheric Explorer (SME), Pioneer Venus, and several rockets.
It consists of an Ebert-Fastie spectrometer, an off-axis telescope, and two Hamamatsu phototube detectors. The combination of
the spectrometer and the detectors produces a spacing of 22 nm between the two channels and the exit slits are sized to give
each detector a 3.7 nm bandpass. The grating in the spectrometer is set to place the (1,0) gamma band (215 nm) on one detector
and the (0,1) gamma band (237 nm) on the other detector. Both channels have a sensitivity of 450 counts/second/kiloRayleigh. The
UVS is mounted with its optical axis perpendicular to the spin axis of the spacecraft. Its telescope images the entrance slit of
the spectrometer on the limb with the long axis of the slit parallel to the horizon. The image of the slit on the limb is 3.5 km
high, which determines the fundamental altitude resolution of the instrument. The integration time is 27 msec.

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spase://SMWG/Instrument/SNOE/UVS
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ResourceName
Student Nitric Oxide Explorer (SNOE) Ultraviolet Spectrometer (UVS)
AlternateName
Spectrometer
ReleaseDate
2019-05-05 12:34:56Z
Description

The objective of the ultraviolet spectrometer (UVS) on board the Student Nitric Oxide Explorer (SNOE) is to measure
the density of nitric oxide in the terrestrial upper atmosphere (thermosphere) by observing the (1,0) and (0,1) gamma bands.
The UVS design is similar to instruments flown on the Solar Mesospheric Explorer (SME), Pioneer Venus, and several rockets.
It consists of an Ebert-Fastie spectrometer, an off-axis telescope, and two Hamamatsu phototube detectors. The combination of
the spectrometer and the detectors produces a spacing of 22 nm between the two channels and the exit slits are sized to give
each detector a 3.7 nm bandpass. The grating in the spectrometer is set to place the (1,0) gamma band (215 nm) on one detector
and the (0,1) gamma band (237 nm) on the other detector. Both channels have a sensitivity of 450 counts/second/kiloRayleigh. The
UVS is mounted with its optical axis perpendicular to the spin axis of the spacecraft. Its telescope images the entrance slit of
the spectrometer on the limb with the long axis of the slit parallel to the horizon. The image of the slit on the limb is 3.5 km
high, which determines the fundamental altitude resolution of the instrument. The integration time is 27 msec.

Contacts
RolePerson
1.PrincipalInvestigatorspase://SMWG/Person/Charles.A.Barth
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Name
NSSDC's Master Catalog
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Information about the Ultraviolet Spectrometer (UVS) on the Student Nitric Oxide Explorer (SNOE)

InstrumentType
Spectrometer
InvestigationName
Ultraviolet Spectrometer (UVS) on Student Nitric Oxide Explorer (SNOE)
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