NOMAD spectrometer on the ExoMars trace gas orbiter mission: part 1—design, manufacturing and testing of the infrared channels

Neefs, Eddy; Vandaele, Ann Carine; Drummond, Rachel; Thomas, Ian R.; Berkenbosch, Sophie; Clairquin, Roland; Delanoye, Sofie; Ristic, Bojan; Maes, Jeroen; Bonnewijn, Sabrina; Pieck, Gerry; Equeter, Eddy; Depiesse, Cédric; Daerden, Frank; Ransbeeck, Emiel Van; Nevejans, Dennis; Rodriguez-Gómez, Julio; López-Moreno, José-Juan; Sanz, Rosario; Morales, Rafael; Candini, Gian Paolo; Pastor-Morales, M. Carmen; Aparicio del Moral, Beatriz; Jeronimo-Zafra, José-Maria; Gómez-López, Juan Manuel; Alonso-Rodrigo, Gustavo; Pérez-Grande, Isabel; Cubas, Javier; Gomez-Sanjuan, Alejandro M.; Navarro-Medina, Fermín; Thibert, Tanguy; Patel, Manish R.; Bellucci, Giancarlo; De Vos, Lieve; Lesschaeve, Stefan; Vooren, Nico Van; Moelans, Wouter; Aballea, Ludovic; Glorieux, Stijn; Baeke, Ann; Kendall, Dave; De Neef, Jurgen; Soenen, Alexander; Puech, Pierre-Yves; Ward, Jon; Jamoye, Jean-François; Diez, David; Vicario-Arroyo, Ana and Jankowski, Michel (2015). NOMAD spectrometer on the ExoMars trace gas orbiter mission: part 1—design, manufacturing and testing of the infrared channels. Applied Optics, 54(28) pp. 8494–8520.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1364/AO.54.008494

Abstract

NOMAD is a spectrometer suite on board ESA’s ExoMars trace gas orbiter due for launch in January 2016. NOMAD consists of two infrared channels and one ultraviolet and visible channel allowing the instrument to perform observations quasi-constantly, by taking nadir measurements at dayside and nightside, and during solar occultations. In this paper, the design, manufacturing, and testing of the two infrared channels are described. We focus upon the optical working principle in these channels, where an echelle grating, used as a diffractive element, is combined with an acousto-optical tunable filter, used as a diffraction order sorter.

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