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The GALEX mission and detectors

Siegmund, Oswald and Welsh, Barry and Martin, Christopher and Barlow, Tom and Bianchi, Luciana and Byun, Yong-Ik and Forster, Karl and Friedman, Peter G. and Jelinsky, Patrick and Madore, Barry and Malina, Roger and Milliard, Bruno and Morrissey, Patrick and Neff, Susan and Rich, Mike and Schiminovich, David and Small, Todd and Szalay, Alexander and Wyder, Ted (2004) The GALEX mission and detectors. In: UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems. Proceedings of SPIE. No.5488. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 13-24. ISBN 0819454206.

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We describe the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) satellite that was launched in April 2003 specifically to accomplish far ultraviolet (FUV) and near ultraviolet (NUV) imaging and spectroscopic sky-surveys. GALEX is currently providing new and significant information on how galaxies form and evolve over a period that encompasses 80% of the history of the Universe. This is being accomplished by the precise measurement of the UV brightness of galaxies which is a direct measurement of their rate of star formation. We briefly describe the design of the GALEX mission followed by an overview of the instrumentation that comprises the science payload. We then focus on a description of the development of the UV sealed tube micro-channel plate detectors and provide data that describe their on-orbit performance. Finally, we provide a short overview of some of the science highlights obtained with GALEX.

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Additional Information:© 2004 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). GALEX (Galaxy Evolution Explorer) is a NASA Small Explorer, launched in April 2003. We gratefully acknowledge NASA's support for construction, operation, and science analysis for the GALEX mission, developed in cooperation with the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales of France and the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology. The grating, window, and aspheric corrector were supplied by France. We acknowledge the dedicated team of engineers, technicians, and administrative staff from JPL/Caltech, Orbital Sciences Corporation, University of California, Berkeley, Laboratory Astrophysique Marseille, and the other institutions who made this mission possible.
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Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES)UNSPECIFIED
Ministry of Science and Technology (Korea)UNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:GALEX, far ultraviolet, near ultraviolet, microchannel plates, imaging, spectroscopy
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:5488
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Official Citation:Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Barry Y. Welsh, Christopher Martin, Thomas Barlow, Luciana Bianchi, Yong-Ik Byun, Karl Forster, Peter G. Friedman, Patrick N. Jelinsky, Barry F. Madore, Roger Malina, Bruno Milliard, Patrick F. Morrissey, Susan G. Neff, Michael R. Rich, David Schiminovich, Todd Small, Alexander Szalay, Ted K. Wyder, "The GALEX mission and detectors", Proc. SPIE 5488, UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems, (11 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.561488;
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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