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The FIREBall fiber-fed UV spectrograph

Tuttle, Sarah E. and Schiminovich, David and Milliard, Bruno and Grange, Robert and Martin, D. Christopher and Rahman, Shahinur and Deharveng, Jean-Michel and McLean, Ryan and Tajiri, Gordon and Matuszewski, M. (2008) The FIREBall fiber-fed UV spectrograph. In: Ground-based and airborne instrumentation for astronomy II. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7014. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 70141T. ISBN 978-0-8194-7224-3. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20170406-103359612

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Abstract

FIREBall (Faint Intergalactic Redshifted Emission Balloon) had a successful first engineering flight in July of 2007 from Palestine, Texas. Here we detail the design and construction of the spectrograph. FIREBall consists of a 1m telescope coupled to a fiber-fed ultraviolet spectrograph flown on a short duration balloon. The spectrograph is designed to map hydrogen and metal line emission from the intergalactic medium at several redshifts below z=1, exploiting a small window in atmospheric oxygen absorption at balloon altitudes. The instrument is a wide-field IFU fed by almost 400 fibers. The Offner mount spectrograph is designed to be sensitive in the 195-215nm window accessible at our altitudes of 35-40km. We are able to observe Lyα, as well as OVI and CIV doublets, from 0.3 < z < 0.9. Observations of UV bright B stars and background measurements allow characterization of throughput for the entire system and will inform future flights.


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Additional Information:© 2008 SPIE. The authors would like to thank Victoria Johnston, David Stenning, and Eve LoCastro for their hard work in the lab. The crew at CSBF was fantastic and make launching a balloon seem (almost) easy.
Group:Space Astrophysics Laboratory
Subject Keywords:UV, fiber, IFU, spectroscopy, astronomical instrumentation, galaxy evolution, balloon-borne instrument
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Official Citation:Sarah E. Tuttle ; David Schiminovich ; Bruno Milliard ; Robert Grange ; D. Christopher Martin ; Shahinur Rahman ; Jean-Michel Deharveng ; Ryan McLean ; Gordon Tajiri ; M. Matuszewski; The FIREBall fiber-fed UV spectrograph. Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70141T (July 09, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.789836
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