DEVELOPMENT OF A ROCKET-BORNE INFRARED SPECTROMETER EMPLOYING THE PRINCIPLES OF MOCK INTERFEROMETRY
BLOCK ASSOCIATES INC CAMBRIDGE MA
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A rocket-borne infrared spectrometer employing the principles of mock interferometry is described. Development work centered around two main problems 1 Design of a mechanical drive unit that would yield a linear reticle drive 2 Design of an optical correction system to correct the field curvature produced by off-axis rays. The first of these problems was eventually solved but no good solution to the second problem was discovered. The off-axis imaging problem can be ameliorated by using small entrance and exit apertures, but this limits throughout and resolution. The problem is not felt to be inherently insoluble and further work to devise an optical correction system is recommended.
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods