RIT scientist fine-tunes Hubble Space Telescope

A scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology has expanded the Hubble Space Telescope’s capability without the need for new instruments or billions of dollars.

Dan Batcheldor and his team improved the calibration of Hubble’s Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer to enable high-precision polarimetry. Scientists like Batcheldor use this observational technique to read scattered light when investigating active galactic nuclei and for identifying proto-planets around very young stars.

The findings of the nine-orbit calibration plan, funded by the Space Telescope Science Institute, were published in the February issue of Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

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