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The technical challenges of the Solar-Orbiter EUI instrument
Author(s): Jean-Philippe Halain; Pierre Rochus; Thierry Appourchaux; David Berghmans; Louise Harra; Udo Schühle; Frédéric Auchère; Andrei Zhukov; Etienne Renotte; Jean-Marc Defise; Laurence Rossi; Karl Fleury-Frenette; Lionel Jacques; Jean-François Hochedez; Ali Ben Moussa
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Paper Abstract

The Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) onboard Solar Orbiter consists of a suite of two high-resolution imagers (HRI) and one dual-band full Sun imager (FSI) that will provide EUV and Lyman-α images of the solar atmospheric layers above the photosphere. The EUI instrument is based on a set of challenging new technologies allowing to reach the scientific objectives and to cope with the hard space environment of the Solar Orbiter mission. The mechanical concept of the EUI instrument is based on a common structure supporting the HRI and FSI channels, and a separated electronic box. A heat rejection baffle system is used to reduce the Sun heat load and provide a first protection level against the solar disk straylight. The spectral bands are selected by thin filters and multilayer mirror coatings. The detectors are 10μm pitch back illuminated CMOS Active Pixel Sensors (APS), best suited for the EUI science requirements and radiation hardness. This paper presents the EUI instrument concept and its major sub-systems. The current developments of the instrument technologies are also summarized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 77320R (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857976
Show Author Affiliations
Jean-Philippe Halain, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Pierre Rochus, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Thierry Appourchaux, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)
David Berghmans, Royal Observatory of Belgium (Belgium)
Louise Harra, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
Udo Schühle, Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (Germany)
Frédéric Auchère, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)
Andrei Zhukov, Royal Observatory of Belgium (Belgium)
Etienne Renotte, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Jean-Marc Defise, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Laurence Rossi, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Karl Fleury-Frenette, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Lionel Jacques, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Jean-François Hochedez, Royal Observatory of Belgium (Belgium)
Ali Ben Moussa, Royal Observatory of Belgium (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7732:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Monique Arnaud; Stephen S. Murray; Tadayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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