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Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST) slitless spectrometer: design, prototype, and results
Author(s): Qian Gong; David A. Content; Margaret Dominguez; Thomas Emmett; Ulf Griesmann; John Hagopian; Jeffrey Kruk; Catherine Marx; Bert Pasquale; Thomas Wallace; Arthur Whipple
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Paper Abstract

The slitless spectrometer plays an important role in the WFIRST mission for the survey of emission-line galaxies. This will be an unprecedented very wide field, HST quality 3D survey of emission line galaxies1. The concept of the compound grism as a slitless spectrometer has been presented previously. The presentation briefly discusses the challenges and solutions of the optical design, and recent specification updates, as well as a brief comparison between the prototype and the latest design. However, the emphasis of this paper is the progress of the grism prototype: the fabrication and test of the complicated diffractive optical elements and powered prism, as well as grism assembly alignment and testing. Especially how to use different tools and methods, such as IR phase shift and wavelength shift interferometry, to complete the element and assembly tests. The paper also presents very encouraging results from recent element tests to assembly tests. Finally we briefly touch the path forward plan to test the spectral characteristic, such as spectral resolution and response.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 2016
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 990412 (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231665
Show Author Affiliations
Qian Gong, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David A. Content, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Margaret Dominguez, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Thomas Emmett, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ulf Griesmann, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
John Hagopian, Lambda Consulting (United States)
Jeffrey Kruk, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Catherine Marx, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Bert Pasquale, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Thomas Wallace, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Arthur Whipple, Conceptual Analytics, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9904:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Makenzie Lystrup; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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