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Stark-shift measurements using emission spectroscopy are a powerful tool for advancing understanding in many plasma physics experiments. We use simultaneous two-dimensional space- and time-resolved spectra to study the electric field evolution in the 20 TW Particle Beam Fusion Accelerator II ion diode acceleration gap. Fiber optic arrays transport light from the gap to remote streaked spectrographs operated in a multiplexed mode that enables recording time-resolved spectra from eight spatial locations on a single instrument. Design optimization and characterization measurements of the multiplexed spectrograph properties include the astigmatism, resolution, dispersion, and sensitivity. A semiautomated line-fitting procedure determines the Stark shift and the related uncertainties. Fields up to 10 MV/cm are measured with an accuracy ±2%–4%. Detailed tests of the procedure confirm that the uncertainty in the wavelength-shift error bars is less than ±20%. Development of an active spectroscopy probe technique that uses laser-induced fluorescence from an injected atomic beam to obtain three-dimensional space- and time-resolved measurements of the electric and magnetic fields is in progress. © 1997 American Institute of Physics.