The HabEx ultraviolet spectrograph (UVS): Design and science drivers

Paul A. Scowen, Stefan Martin, Mayer Rud, Daniel Stern, Alina Kiessling, Bertrand Mennesson, Keith Warfield

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The Habitable Exoplanet Imaging Mission (HabEx) is one of the four large mission concepts being studied by NASA as input to the upcoming 2020 Decadal Survey. The mission implements two world-class General Astrophysics instruments as part of its complement of instrumentation to enable compelling science using the 4m aperture. The Ultraviolet Spectrograph has been designed to address cutting edge far ultraviolet (FUV) science that has not been possible with the Hubble Space Telescope, and to open up a wide range of capabilities that will advance astrophysics as we look into the 2030s. Our paper discusses some of those science drivers and possible applications, which range from Solar System science, to nearby and more distant studies of star formation, to studies of the circumgalactic and intergalactic mediums. We discuss the performance features of the instrument that include a large 3'x3' field of view for multi-object spectroscopy, and some 20 grating modes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
Subtitle of host publicationInnovative Technologies and Concepts IX
EditorsAllison A. Barto, James B. Breckinridge, H. Philip Stahl
ISBN (Electronic)9781510629233
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
EventUV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IX 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2019Aug 12 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceUV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IX 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Astrophysics
  • HabEx
  • Imaging
  • Multi-Object
  • Spectrograph
  • Spectroscopy
  • Ultraviolet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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