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End-to-end ground calibration and in-flight performance of the FIREBall-2 instrument

Picouet, Vincent and Milliard, Bruno and Kyne, Gillian and Vibert, Didier and Schiminovich, David and Martin, Christopher and Hamden, Erika and Hoadley, Keri and Montel, Johan and Melso, Nicole and O’Sullivan, Donal and Evrard, Jean and Perot, Etienne and Grange, Robert and Nikzad, Shouleh and Balard, Philippe and Blanchard, Patrick and Mirc, Frederi and Bray, Nicolas and Jewell, April and Quiret, Samuel (2020) End-to-end ground calibration and in-flight performance of the FIREBall-2 instrument. Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 6 (4). Art. No. 044004. ISSN 2329-4124. doi:10.1117/1.jatis.6.4.044004.

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The payload of the Faint Intergalactic Redshifted Emission Balloon (FIREBall-2), the second generation of the FIREBall instrument (PI: C. Martin, Caltech), has been calibrated and launched from the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. FIREBall-2 was launched for the first time on the September 22, 2018, and the payload performed the very first multi-object acquisition from space using a multi-object spectrograph. Our performance-oriented paper presents the calibration and last ground adjustments of FIREBall-2, the in-flight performance assessed based on the flight data, and the predicted instrument’s ultimate sensitivity. This analysis predicts that future flights of FIREBall-2 should be able to detect the HI Lyα resonance line in galaxies at z  ∼  0.67, but will find it challenging to spatially resolve the circumgalactic medium.

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Hamden, Erika0000-0002-3131-7372
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Melso, Nicole0000-0002-4895-6592
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Additional Information:© 2020 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Paper 20091 received Jun. 22, 2020; accepted for publication Oct. 19, 2020; published online Nov. 13, 2020. We acknowledge CNES and CNRS for supporting the French side of the FIREBall collaboration and the NASA Grant NNX17AC56G obtained through the APRA program, which supports the FIREBall-2 mission in the US. Vincent Picouet acknowledges CNES and NASA for the funding of his PhD at Aix-Marseille Universite and Columbia University. Ground support was provided by the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) during the fall 2017/2018 FIREBall-2 campaigns. The JPL detector team gratefully acknowledges the collaborative effort with Teledyne-e2v and contributions from Samuel R. Cheng and Todd J. Jones at JPL. This work is performed in part at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with NASA.
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Subject Keywords:ultraviolet; space mission; balloon borne instrument; multi-object spectrograph; electron multiplying CCD; calibration
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Official Citation:Vincent Picouet, Bruno Milliard, Gillian Kyne, Didier Vibert, David Schiminovich, Christopher Martin, Erika T. Hamden, Keri Hoadley, Johan Montel, Nicole Melso, Donal O'Sullivan, Jean Evrard, Etienne Pérot, Robert Grange, Shouleh Nikzad, Philippe Balard, Patrick Blanchard, Frédéri Mirc, Nicolas Bray, April D. Jewell, and Samuel Quiret "End-to-end ground calibration and in-flight performance of the FIREBall-2 instrument," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 6(4), 044004 (13 November 2020).
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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