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Near-infrared chromospheric observatory (NICO)
Author(s): Barry Labonte; David M. Rust; Pietro N. Bernasconi; Manolis K. Georgoulis; Nicola J. Fox; Wolfgang Kalkofen; Haosheng Lin
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Paper Abstract

NICO, the Near Infrared Chromosphere Observatory, is a platform for determining the magnetic structure and fources of heating for the solar chromosphere. NICO, a balloon-borne observatory, will use the largest solar telescope flying to map the magnetic fields, velocities, and heating events of the chromosphere and photosphere in detail. NICO will introduce new technologies to solar flight missions, such as wavefront sensing for monitoring telescope alignment, real-time correlation tracking and high-speed image motion compensation, and wide aperture Fabry-Perot etalons for extended spectral scanning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4853, Innovative Telescopes and Instrumentation for Solar Astrophysics, (11 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460369
Show Author Affiliations
Barry Labonte, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
David M. Rust, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Pietro N. Bernasconi, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Manolis K. Georgoulis, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Nicola J. Fox, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Wolfgang Kalkofen, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Haosheng Lin, Institute for Astronomy/Univ. of Hawaii (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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