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SUNRISE: high-resolution UV/VIS observations of the Sun from the stratosphere
Author(s): A. M. Gandorfer; S. K. Solanki; P. Barthol; B. W. Lites; V. Martínez Pillet; W. Schmidt; D. Soltau; A. M. Title
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Paper Abstract

SUNRISE is an international project for the development, construction, and operation of a balloon-borne solar telescope with an aperture of 1 m, working in the UV/VIS spectral domain. The main scientific goal of SUNRISE is to understand the structure and dynamics of the magnetic field in the atmosphere of the Sun. SUNRISE will provide near diffraction-limited images of the photosphere and chromosphere with an unpredecented resolution down to 35 km on the solar surface at wavelengths around 220 nm. The focal-plane instrumentation consists of a polarization sensitive spectrograph, a Fabry-Perot filter magnetograph, and a phase-diverse filter imager working in the near UV. The first stratospheric long-duration balloon flight of SUNRISE is planned in Summer 2009 from the swedish ESRANGE station. SUNRISE is a joint project of the german Max-Planck-Institut fur Sonnensystemforschung (MPS), Katlenburg-Lindau, with the Kiepenheuer-Institut fur Sonnenphysik (KIS), Freiburg, Germany, the High-Altitude Observatory (HAO), Boulder, USA, the Lockheed-Martin Solar and Astrophysics Lab. (LMSAL), Palo Alto, USA, and the spanish IMaX consortium. In this paper we will present an actual update on the mission and give a brief description of its scientific and technological aspects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62670S (23 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672828
Show Author Affiliations
A. M. Gandorfer, Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (Germany)
S. K. Solanki, Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (Germany)
P. Barthol, Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (Germany)
B. W. Lites, High Altitude Observatory (United States)
V. Martínez Pillet, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
W. Schmidt, Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (Germany)
D. Soltau, Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (Germany)
A. M. Title, Lockheed-Martin Solar and Astrophysics Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6267:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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