A.2 Full Aperture Complement

The STIS aperture wheel has 65 positions, several of which correspond to multiple slits or masks. Only a small fraction of the full complement of spectroscopic apertures are currently supported. Table A.1 and Table A.2 provide a complete list of STIS apertures for spectroscopy, together with comments regarding their characteristics or purposes. For most apertures, the aperture name gives the length in the spatial direction by the width in the dispersion direction in arcseconds. Schematics of three complex apertures are given in Figure A.1Figure A.2, and Figure A.3.

Table A.1: STIS Spectroscopic Apertures. Supported apertures are in boldface.

Apertures that can be used with the Echelle Gratings

Apertures

Comments

0.1X0.03 0.1X0.06 0.1X0.09 0.1X0.2

The latter two are supported with E230H only. The 0.1X0.03 is supported with all echelle gratings.

0.2X0.06 0.2X0.09 0.2X0.2 0.2X0.5

0.2X0.06 and 0.2X0.2 are supported with E230M and E140M, while 0.2X0.09 and 0.2X0.2 are supported with E230H and E140H.

0.2X0.06FP 0.2X0.2FP

Masks with five apertures, suffixed A through E, for reduction of fixed-pattern noise; see Figure A.3.

0.2X0.05ND 0.3X0.05ND

Neutral-density slits. Dex ND factors are 2.0 and 3.0, respectively.

0.3X0.06 0.3X0.09 0.3X0.2 0.5X0.5 1X0.06 1X0.2

Miscellaneous available-but-unsupported echelle apertures.

2X2 6X0.06 6X0.2 6X0.5 6X6

The 6X0.2 long slit is supported with the echelles.

52X0.05 52X0.1 52X0.2 52x0.5 52X2

Long slits for use with the echelles. 52X0.05 is supported, and the others are available-but-unsupported with the echelle gratings.

52X0.05F1 52X0.05F2 52X0.1F1 52X0.1F2 52X0.2F1 52X0.2F2 52X0.5F1 52X0.5F2 52X2F1 52X2F2

The fiducial bar slits are available-but-unsupported with the echelle gratings.

52X0.1B0.5 52x0.1B1.0 52x0.1B3.0

A long slit with 3 fiducial bars. The bar length in arcseconds is given by the third dimension. See Figure A.1.

31X0.05NDA 31X0.05NDB 31X0.05NDC

Neutral-density-filtered long slits, which may be used for bright objects. The dex ND factors are 0.4, 0.8, and 1.2, respectively.

25MAMA

Full-field clear aperture.

F25QTZ F25SRF2

Supported long-pass filters, with all echelles.

F25ND3 F25ND5 F25NDQ1 F25NDQ2 F25NDQ3 F25NDQ4

Supported neutral-density filters for MAMA detectors.The numbers give the dex ND factors.

F25MGII F25CN270 F25CIII F25CN182

Narrow-band filters. F25MGII is supported for E230H and E230M. Others are available with the NUV-MAMA only.

F25LYA

Available-but-unsupported with the FUV-MAMA only.

36X0.05P45 36X0.05N45 36X0.6P45 36X0.6N45

Long slits which are inclined at ±45° to facilitate observations of moving targets at off-nominal rolls. See Figure A.2.

Table A.2: STIS Spectroscopic Apertures. Supported apertures are in boldface.

Apertures that can be used with the First-Order Gratings and the NUV-PRISM

Apertures

Comments

52X0.05 52X0.1 52X0.2 52X0.5 52X2

Long slits.

52X0.05E1 52X0.1E1 52X0.2E1 52X0.5E1 52X2E1

Long slits centered at 19.7 arcseconds in +Y position. (Places compact target at row ~900 on the CCD to reduce CTE losses.). Supported with all CCD gratings. Use with the MAMAs is not allowed.

52X0.2E2 52X0.5E2 52X2E2

These CTE aperture positions are centered near row 900 on the STIS CCD detector; however, the positions are offset from the physical aperture centers to give better alignment with fringe flats done using the 52X0.1 aperture. The E2 positions are supported for the G750L and G750M gratings only.

52X0.05D1 52X0.1D1 52X0.2D1 52X0.5D1 52X2D1

These aperture positions put a target near the bottom edge of the FUV-MAMA and are intended for observation of very faint targets where it is necessary to minimize the contribution of the FUV-MAMA dark current. They are all supported with the G140L and G140M gratings. 52X0.05D1 and 52X0.1D1 are also supported for CCD peakups.

52X0.05F1 52X0.05F2 52X0.1F1 52X0.1F2 52X0.2F1 52X0.2F2 52X0.5F1 52X0.5F2 52X2F1 52X2F2

Fiducial bars on the long slits which can be used for coronagraphic spectroscopy. The 52X0.2F1 is supported for all first-order gratings and is available-but-unsupported for the PRISM. The other fiducial bars are available-but-unsupported with all gratings and the PRISM. The F1 and F2 bars are 0.5 arcseconds and 0.86 arcseconds long, respectively (see Figure 13.1).

52X0.1B0.5 52X0.1B1.0 52X0.1B3.0

A long slit with 3 fiducial bars where the bar length in arcseconds is given by the third dimension. See Figure A.1.

31X0.05NDA 31X0.05NDB 31X0.05NDC

Neutral-density-filtered long slits of the given dimensions in arcseconds, which may be used for bright objects or flat-field calibration. The dex ND factors are 0.4, 0.8, and 1.2, respectively. Use with the NUV-PRISM is “available-but-unsupported.”

0.5x0.5 2X2 6X6

Square apertures of the given dimensions in arcsec.

0.1X0.03 0.1X0.06 0.1X0.09 0.1X0.2 0.2X0.06 0.2X0.09 0.2X0.2 0.2X0.5 0.3X0.06 0.3X0.09 0.3X0.2 1X0.06 1X0.2 6X0.06 6X0.2 6X0.5 0.2X0.05ND 0.3X0.05ND

As of Cycle 12, the 0.2X0.2 aperture is supported for use with all first-order gratings; it is available-but-unsupported with the PRISM. While not supported for first-order observations, the other echelle apertures can be used in first order as available-but-unsupported apertures. This includes the echelle neutral-density slits 0.2X0.05ND and 0.3X0.05ND with dex ND factors of 2.0 and 3.0, respectively.

25MAMA 50CCD

Supported full-field clear apertures.

F25QTZ F25SRF2

F25QTZ and F25SRF2 are supported for all MAMA gratings and PRISMbut are unavailable with the CCD.

25MAMAD1 F25SRF2D1 F25QTZD1

These aperture positions put a target near the bottom edge of the FUV-MAMA and are intended for observation of very faint targets where it is necessary to minimize the contribution of the FUV-MAMA dark current. They are all supported with the G140L and G140M gratings.

F25ND3 F25ND5 F25NDQ1 F25NDQ2 F25NDQ3 F25NDQ4

Supported neutral-density filters for MAMA detectors. Can be used as available-but-unsupported apertures with the CCD gratings. The numbers give the dex ND factors.

F25MGII F25CN270 F25CIII F25CN182

F25MGII is supported and these other filters are available -but-unsupported with the NUV-MAMA gratings and PRISM only.

F25LYA

The F25LYA filter is available-but-unsupported with the G140LG140ME140H, and E140M gratings only.

F28X50LP F28X50OII F28X50OIII

These CCD imaging filters are available-but-unsupported with the CCD gratings, but are unavailable with the MAMA detectors.

36X0.05P45 36X0.05N45 36X0.6P45 36X0.6N45

Long slits of given dimensions in arcseconds, inclined at ±45° to facilitate observations of moving targets at off-nominal rolls. See Figure A.1.

Figure A.1: Schematic Showing the 52x 0.1 arcsecond Long Slit with 3 Occulting Bars.


Figure A.2: Schematic Showing the SIS 45° Slits Design. A second pair has the same morphology but widths of 0.6 arcsecond (central) and 2.0 arcsecond (peripheral).


Figure A.3: Schematic Showing the Configuration of the Fixed-Pattern Slits. There are two sets with slit widths of 0.06 arcsecond and 0.2 arcsecond, and lengths of 0.2 arcsecond in both cases. Axis1 corresponds to the dispersion direction.