STIS performance data include measured point spread functions, spatial profiles, line spread functions, total system throughput, sensitivity curves and calculators, internal and external background levels, photometric and astrometric accuracies. Anomalies are also described in pages accessible via the navigation bar at left. Historical descriptions of calibration programs are available.
Overview of STIS Status after Orbital Verification
On May 17, 2009, during the fourth EVA of SM4,
astronauts Michael Good and Mike Massimino undertook
an eight-hour spacewalk, during which they replaced
the STIS LVPS-2 circuit board containing the failed
component. This repair restored the STIS Side-2
electronics, allowing all three of the STIS detectors
to be used for science observations.
In most respects, STIS after the 2009 repair operates in much the same way as it did prior to the 2004 failure. Most changes in performance are close to what had been expected. The degradation of the STIS CCD due to radiation damage and the modest changes in optical throughput are consistent with extrapolation of previously-observed trends. The biggest surprise is in the dark current for the NUV MAMA detector. It is several times larger than had been expected and is only slowly decreasing towards its expected range.
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Additional Performance Information
Kimble et al. (1998, ApJL, 492, L83) describes the on-orbit performance of STIS shortly after launch.
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