Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 355, Issue 1, pp 1–7 | Cite as

Far ultraviolet nighttime ionospheric photometer

  • Liping Fu
  • Ruyi Peng
  • Entao Shi
  • Jilong Peng
  • Tianfang Wang
  • Fang Jiang
  • Nan Jia
  • Xiaoyin Li
  • Yongmei Wang
Original Article

Abstract

Far Ultraviolet Nighttime Ionopsheric Photometer (FNIP) is a newly-designed instrument for low earth orbit missions, observing the earth night airglow nadir at OI 135.6 nm emission produced by ionospheric O++e recombination and receiving the horizontal information on nighttime ionosphere with a spatial resolution of about 1.6×3.8. This simple, highly robust instrument excludes OI 130.4 nm emission and Herzberg oxygen bands with lower power and approximately achieves a sensitivity of about 400 counts/s/Rayleigh at 135.6 nm with stray light less than 2 %. Some tests of the instrument have been conducted and the results will be discussed in the end.

Keywords

FUV optical sensing remote Payload Ionosphere F2 electron density distribution High sensitivity 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Prof. Bincheng Li from the Institute of Optics and Electronics, CAS for supplying the multilayer coatings on the offset parabolic mirror.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liping Fu
    • 1
  • Ruyi Peng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Entao Shi
    • 1
  • Jilong Peng
    • 1
  • Tianfang Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fang Jiang
    • 1
  • Nan Jia
    • 1
  • Xiaoyin Li
    • 1
  • Yongmei Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Space Science and Applied ResearchChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingP.R. China
  2. 2.Graduate UniversityChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingP.R. China

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