In-orbit performance of UVIT over the past 5 years
S. K. GHOSH P. JOSEPH A. KUMAR J. POSTMA C. S. STALIN A. SUBRAMANIAM S. N. TANDON I. V. BARVE A. DEVARAJ K. GEORGE V. GIRISH J. B. HUTCHINGS P. U. KAMATH S. KATHIRAVAN J. P. LANCELOT D. LEAHY P. K. MAHESH R. MOHAN S. NAGABHUSHANA A. K. PATI N. KAMESWARA RAO K. SANKARASUBRAMANIAN P. SREEKUMAR S. SRIRAM
Over the last 5 years, UVIT has completed observations of more than 500 proposals with $\sim$800 unique pointings. In addition, regular planned monitoring observations have been made and from their analysis various key parameters related to in orbit performance of UVIT have been quantified. The sensitivities of the UV channels have remained steady indicating no effect of potential molecular contamination confirming the adequacy of all the protocols implemented for avoiding contamination. The quality of the PSF through the years confirms adequacy of thermal control measures. The early calibrations obtained during the Performance Verification (PV) phase have been further revised for more subtle effects. These include flat fields and detector distortions with greater precision. The operations of UVIT have also evolved through inorbit experience, e.g. tweaking of operational sequencing, protocol for recovery from bright object detection (BOD) shutdowns, parameters for BOD thresholds, etc. Finally, some effects of charged particle hits on electronics led to optimised strategy for regular resetting. The Near-UV channel was lost in one of suchoperations. All the above in-orbit experiences are presented here.
S. K. GHOSH1 P. JOSEPH2 A. KUMAR2 J. POSTMA3 C. S. STALIN2 A. SUBRAMANIAM2 S. N. TANDON2 4 I. V. BARVE2 A. DEVARAJ2 K. GEORGE2 5 V. GIRISH6 J. B. HUTCHINGS7 P. U. KAMATH2 S. KATHIRAVAN2 J. P. LANCELOT2 D. LEAHY3 P. K. MAHESH2 R. MOHAN2 S. NAGABHUSHANA2 A. K. PATI2 N. KAMESWARA RAO2 K. SANKARASUBRAMANIAN8 P. SREEKUMAR2 6 S. SRIRAM2
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