16 - 21 June 2024
Yokohama, Japan
Conference 13093 > Paper 13093-10
Paper 13093-10

MANTIS 16U CubeSat mission: characterizing the high energy stellar radiation environment of exoplanetary systems with simultaneous extreme-UV through visible observations

16 June 2024 • 13:10 - 13:30 Japan Standard Time | Room G414/415, North - 4F

Abstract

The MANTIS (Monitoring Activity of Nearby sTars with uv Imaging and Spectroscopy) 16U CubeSat mission, led by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder, plans to characterize the high-energy stellar radiation that drives atmospheric photochemistry and escape on extrasolar planets by conducting simultaneous observations of exoplanet host stars at extreme-ultraviolet (100–1200A; EUV), far-ultraviolet (1300–2200A; FUV), near-ultraviolet (2200–3500A; NUV), and visible (3500–10000A; VIS) wavelengths. The science payload's two-telescope design enables simultaneous coverage over the entire UV passband and the first EUV astrophysics capability in over 20 years. An 8.5cm diameter grazing incidence telescope feeds a low-resolution EUV spectrograph while a 14x9cm rectangular Cassegrain telescope feeds a dichroic beamsplitter to divide the light into both an NUV/VIS and FUV channel. The MANTIS design, detector systems, spacecraft bus and mission operations build off of the heritage of the CUTE and SPRITE CubeSats developed by the MANTIS team. This proceeding overviews the design of the MANTIS instrument and general mission concept.

Presenter

Lab. for Atmospheric and Space Physics (United States)
Dr. Indahl has a wide range of experiences in the design, building, and testing of both ground and space based astronomical instruments spanning the near-infrared, optical, and UV regimes. She is currently a research scientist at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and serves as the PI a 12U UV CubeSat Mission called MANTIS. Dr. Indahl as serves as the project manager for the SPRITE UV CubeSat as well as working on the INFUSE UV sounding rocket mission. She is an expert in integral field spectrographs (IFS) after having worked on four IFS during her graduate tenure and utilized the novel capabilities of three of those instruments to advance her own research on highly star forming nearby galaxies. She has contributed data reduction pipelines for two instruments to the astronomy community enabling several publications.
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