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In-orbit performances of the EIT instrument on board SOHO and intercalibration with the EIT Calroc Sounding Rocket program
Author(s): Jean-Marc Defise; J. Daniel Moses; Frederic Clette
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Paper Abstract

The Extreme UV Imaging Telescope (EIT) instrument is operating on-board the SOHO spacecraft since January 1996. EIT is providing EUV observations of the solar corona in four narrow channels: 171, 195, 284 and 304 angstrom. Due to continuous exposure to the EUV solar irradiation, the instrument performance is continuously evolving. The backside thinned detector is showing important changes in its overall response and local damage of EUV highly exposed areas. These performance modifications can be characterized through several observation analyses that are discussed in this paper. Two major effects are identified: contamination on the detector surface and charge mobility changes in the CCD produced by the EUV irradiation. To restore the instrument response, bakeouts are regularly planned as well as specific observation sequences that are used to characterize the detector damages. An overview of the instrument response behavior is presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 November 1998
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3442, Missions to the Sun II, (2 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.330249
Show Author Affiliations
Jean-Marc Defise, Ctr. Spatial de Liege (Belgium)
J. Daniel Moses, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Frederic Clette, Observatoire Royal de Belgique (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3442:
Missions to the Sun II
Clarence M. Korendyke, Editor(s)

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