“Chromospheric LAyer Spectro-Polarimeter (CLASP2)” is the next sounding rocket experiment of the “Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro-Polarimeter (CLASP)” that succeeded in observing for the first time the linear polarization spectra in the hydrogen Lyman-α line (121.6 nm) and is scheduled to be launched in 2019. In CLASP2, we will carry out full Stokes-vector spectropolarimetric observations in the Mg ii h and k lines near 280 nm with the spectro-polarimeter (SP), while imaging observations in the Lyman-α line will be conducted with the slitjaw optics (SJ). For the wavelength selection of CLASP2, the primary mirror of the telescope uses a new dual-band pass cold mirror coating targeting both at 121.6 nm and 280 nm. Therefore, we have to perform again the alignment of the telescope after the installation of the recoated primary mirror. Before unmounting the primary mirror from the telescope structure, we measured the wave-front error (WFE) of the telescope. The measured WFE map was consistent with what we had before the CLASP flight, clearly indicating that the telescope alignment has been maintained even after the flight. After the re-coated primary mirror was installed the WFE was measured, and coma aberration was found to be larger. Finally, the secondary mirror shim adjustments were carried out based on the WFE measurements. In CLASP2 telescope, we improved a fitting method of WFE map (applying 8th terms circular Zernike polynomial fitting instead of 37th terms circular Zernike fitting) and the improved method enables to achieve better performance than CLASP telescope. Indeed, WFE map obtained after the final shim adjustment indicated that the required specification (< 5.5 μm RMS spot radius) that is more stringent than CLASP telescope was met.
Chromospheric LAyer Spectro-Polarimeter (CLASP2) is our next sounding rocket experiment after the success of Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro-Polarimeter (CLASP1). CLASP2 is scheduled to launch in 2019, and aims to achieve high precision measurements (< 0.1 %) of the linear and circular polarizations in the Mg ii h and k lines near the 280 nm, whose line cores originate in the upper solar chromosphere. The CLASP2 spectro-polarimeter follows very successful design concept of the CLASP1 instrument with the minimal modification. A new grating was fabricated with the same radius of curvature as the CLASP1 grating, but with a different ruling density. This allows us to essentially reuse the CLASP1 mechanical structures and layout of the optics. However, because the observing wavelength of CLASP2 is twice longer than that of CLASP1, a magnifier optical system was newly added in front of the cameras to double the focal length of CLASP2 and to maintain the same wavelength resolution as CLASP1 (0.01 nm). Meanwhile, a careful optical alignment of the spectro-polarimeter is required to reach the 0.01 nm wavelength resolution. Therefore, we established an efficient alignment procedure for the CLASP2 spectro-polarimeter based on an experience of CLASP1. Here, we explain in detail the methods for achieving the optical alignment of the CLASP2 spectro-polarimeter and discuss our results by comparing with the performance requirements.