Shimmer on STS-112: Development and Proof-of-Concept Flight
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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The Spatial Heterodyne Imager for Mesospheric Radicals SHIMMER, which is based on a new interferometric technique called Spatial Heterodyne Spectroscopy SHS, flew on the Space Shuttle Atlantis mission STS-112 in October 2002. SHS has the advantages of high throughput, high spectral resolution, small size, low mass, all in a rugged instrument with no moving optical components. The SHS proof-of-principal flight successfully demonstrated the suitability of SHS for spaceflight applications where high spectral resolution measurements over a relatively narrow spectral band are required. In addition, the highest spectral resolution measurement of middle atmospheric hydroxyl OH solar resonance fluorescence ever achieved was made by SHIMMER during this mission.
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy