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Calculations for, and laboratory measurements of a multistage labyrinthine baffle for SMEI
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Paper Abstract

The spaceborne Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI) is scheduled for launch into near-earth orbit (>800 km) in early 2003. Three SMEI CCD cameras on the zenith-oriented CORIOLIS spacecraft cover most of the sky each 100-minute orbit. Data from this instrument will provide precision visible-light photometric maps. Once starlight and other constant or slowly varying backgrounds are subtracted, the residue is mostly sunlight that has Thomson-scattered from heliospheric electrons. These maps will enable 3-dimensional tomographic reconstruction of heliospheric density and velocity. The SMEI design provides three cameras, one of which views to within 18 degrees of the solar disk with a field of view 60° long by 3° wide. Placed end-to-end, three fields of view then cover a nearly 180° long strip that sweeps out the sky over each orbit. The 3-dimensional tomographic analysis requires 0.1% photometry and background-light reduction below one S10 (the brightness equivalent of a 10th magnitude star per square degree). Thus 10-15 of surface-brightness reduction is required relative to the solar disk. The SMEI labyrinthine baffle provides roughly 10-10 of this reduction; the subsequent optics provides the remainder. We describe the baffle design and present laboratory measurements of prototypes that confirm performance at this level.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2003
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 4853, Innovative Telescopes and Instrumentation for Solar Astrophysics, (11 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460350
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Andrew Buffington, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Bernard V. Jackson, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Pierre Paul Hick, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4853:
Innovative Telescopes and Instrumentation for Solar Astrophysics
Stephen L. Keil; Sergey V. Avakyan, Editor(s)

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