Spectral imagery in the far ultraviolet: Results from a sounding rocket experiment

S. Chakrabarti, V. Taylor, T. A. Cook, A. W. Stephan, D. M. Cotton, F. Kamalabadi

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We describe a new technique of space based spectral imagery from a spinning platform. The technique uses tomographic inversion to produce a two-dimensional spectral image using a novel imaging spectrograph. The spectrograph uses a single optical element (a diffraction grating) with a large field of view (100 x 100).Our technique delivers high throughput due to continuous observation of the scene at all wavelengths. The challenge of spectral imaging is to obtain 3-dimensional information (two dimensions for image and the third for spectrum) from a time series of two-dimensional data. In our technique, we obtain spectral information along one detector dimension, while two dimensions of spatial information are combined into the second dimension of the detector for each time step. With the spin axis of the spacecraft located at the center of the scene, we recover the two dimensions of spatial information from a series of these individual snapshots. We will report on the results obtained on May 8, 1997 by a sounding rocket experiment using this technique in the 80 -l4Onm wavelength range, on the Scorpio constellation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)816-822
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventSpace Telescopes and Instruments V - Kona, HI, United States
Duration: Mar 20 1998Mar 20 1998


  • Far ultraviolet
  • Image reconstruction
  • Spectral imaging
  • Tomography

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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