Precise angular positioning at 6K: The FIFI-LS grating assembly

Felix Rebell, Walfried Raab, Sebastian Colditz, Simon Beckmann, Aaron Bryant, Christian Fischer, Fabio Fumi, Norbert Geis, Rainer Hönle, Randolf Klein, Alfred Krabbe, Leslie Looney, Albrecht Poglitsch, Sarah Ragan, Maureen Savage

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The Field Imaging Far Infrared Line Spectrometer (FIFI-LS) obtains spectral data within two wavelength ranges. The observed wavelengths are set by rotating the two diffraction gratings to specific angles. This paper describes on the grating assemblies, designed to rotate and stabilize the gratings. First the assembly itself and its special environment inside FIFI-LS is explained. Then a method is layed out how to monitor the performance of the drive and how to detect upcoming failures before they happen. The last chapter is dedicated to first inflight measurements of the position stability of the grating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
EditorsSuzanne K. Ramsay, Ian S. McLean, Hideki Takami
ISBN (Electronic)9780819496157
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jun 22 2014Jun 26 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V


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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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