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Two-channel radiometer


Instrument P.I.: Richard Spalding, Sandia National Laboratories.


The information below will be updated as more precise data is received.

Technique: High-speed (250,000 samples/second) Silicon-based photometry.

Scientific objective: To measure the total radiative output of the SRC during entry in the 380-600 nm band and the 600-900 nm band and detect rapid fluctuations of light output from spacecraft rotation, instabilities in the shock layer, and ablation.

PHOT Instrument: This instrument consists of two photometers, each equipped with a filter of choice: here a low-pass and high-pass cut-off filter. Each photometer measures the sky over a large 15 degree field of view, at about 5 - 35 degree elevation.

Heritage: A slower but intensified photometer was deployed onboard the 2002 Leonid MAC mission for high-speed lightcurve measurements of meteors.

Aircraft hardware requirements: Fixed mount. Computer and control unit in rack space.

Instrument validation tests: The sensitivity of the camera was tested in night-time observations of Venus and other astronomical sources.

Sensitivity: The total combined filter-lens-detector responses was 0.18 A/W/cm2 for a 10-nm wide filter centered at 870nm assembly and 0.11 A/W/cm2 for a 10-nm wide filter centered at 656nm. Estimated sensitivity for broadband: 1 A/W/cm2 for 400-600 nm, and 5 A/W/cm2 for 600-900 nm.

Dynamic range:

Frame rate and exposure times: 250,000 samples per second for each channel.

Spectral resolution - gives the FWHM of an instrument-broadened unresolved atomic spectral line:
Broadband.

Relative spectral response - gives the wavelength dependence of the intensifier. The figure shows the measured response for two narrow-band interference filters used in the Genesis SRC entry observing campaign:

PHOT response curve