Accession Number : ADA289761

Title :   A Ground Support Electronic Interface for the Ionospheric Spectroscopy and Atmospheric Chemistry (ISAAC) Ultraviolet Spectrograph.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : MacQuarrie, Jeffrey A.

PDF Url : ADA289761

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 221

Abstract : This thesis details the design and development of an electronic Ground Support Equipment (GSE) interface for the Naval Postgraduate School's (NPS) Ionospheric Spectroscopy and Atmospheric Chemistry (ISAAC) spectrograph. The ISAAC spectrograph, which was designed at NPS and built by Research Support Instruments, Inc., is intended to observe atmospheric airglow and auroral emissions in the ultraviolet (1800A to 3300A) wavelength region. It is to be included as one of several sensors flown onboard the Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite (ARGOS), which is scheduled for an early 1996 launch. The GSE was developed in order to allow ground testing and calibration of the instrument prior to and during integration with the satellite bus. The GSE includes hardware to provide the connections between various components of the spectrograph and a Macintosh computer with an installed I/O card. The GSE also includes a user-friendly software interface written with LabVIEW 2.2 that provides the ability to view spectra obtained from the instrument and to remotely control mechanical functions of the spectrograph. An initial wavelength calibration of the spectrograph has been performed using the completed GSE. (jg)

Descriptors :   *IONOSPHERE, *SPECTROSCOPY, *INTERFACES, *ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, *GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT, *SPECTROGRAPHS, *ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY, *ULTRAVIOLET SPECTRA, TEST AND EVALUATION, FREQUENCY, GROUND LEVEL, ELECTRONICS, EMISSION, GLOBAL, DETECTORS, ELECTRON DENSITY, QUANTUM THEORY, THESES, STEPPER MOTORS, ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, INSTRUMENTATION, DIATOMIC MOLECULES, CALIBRATION, AURORAE, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, ATOMIC PROPERTIES, REMOTE CONTROL, AIRGLOW, LABORATORY EQUIPMENT, ANHARMONIC OSCILLATORS.

Subject Categories : Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
      Atmospheric Physics
      Physical Chemistry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE