Photopolarimetric Observations of CI(1657 ) and Dust Continuum Emissions from Comet Hale-Bopp with the WISP Sounding Rocket
W. M. Harris, K. H. Nordsieck, F. Scherb, E. J. Mierkiewicz (Uinversity of Wisconsin-Madison)
We report on photopolarimetric observations of resonant emission from Carbon [CI(1657 )] and scattered solar continuum from dust at 2800 using the Wisconsin Imaging Survey Polarimeter (WISP). The WISP is a wide field ( x ) sounding rocket telescope originally designed for polarimetric observations of diffuse galactic light at a 1% photometric level. We will describe the initial results of our launch on 8 April, 1997 from the White Sands Missile range, including a discussion of the images obtained, and the results from supporting visible/near-infrared measurements of gas and dust from the Burrell Schmidt telescope, and spectroscopic observations of the CI(9850 ) metastable line from the McMath Pierce Solar Telescope.
This research was supported by NASA grant NAG5-5091 and NSF grant