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Ly-alpha polarimeter design for CLASP rocket experiment
Author(s): H. Watanabe; N. Narukage; M. Kubo; R. Ishikawa; T. Bando; R. Kano; S. Tsuneta; K. Kobayashi; K. Ichimoto; J. Trujillo-Bueno
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Paper Abstract

A sounding-rocket program called the Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro-Polarimeter (CLASP) is proposed to be launched in the summer of 2014. CLASP will observe the solar chromosphere in Ly-alpha (121.567 nm), aiming to detect the linear polarization signal produced by scattering processes and the Hanle effect for the first time. The polarimeter of CLASP consists of a rotating half-waveplate, a beam splitter, and a polarization analyzer. Magnesium Fluoride (MgF2) is used for these optical components, because MgF2 exhibits birefringent property and high transparency at ultraviolet wavelength. The development and comprehensive testing program of the optical components of the polarimeter is underway using the synchrotron beamline at the Ultraviolet Synchrotron Orbital Radiation Facility (UVSOR). The first objective is deriving the optical constants of MgF2 by the measurement of the reflectance and transmittance against oblique incident angles for the s-polarized and the p-polarized light. The ordinary refractive index and extinction coefficient along the ordinary and extraordinary axes are derived with a least-square fitting in such a way that the reflectance and transmittance satisfy the Kramers-Krönig relation. The reflection at the Brewster's Angle of MgF2 plate is confirmed to become a good polarization analyzer at Ly-alpha. The second objective is the retardation measurement of a zeroth-order waveplate made of MgF2. The retardation of a waveplate is determined by observing the modulation amplitude that comes out of a waveplate and a polarization analyzer. We tested a waveplate with the thickness difference of 14.57 um. The 14.57 um waveplate worked as a half-waveplate at 121.74 nm. We derived that a waveplate with the thickness difference of 15.71 um will work as a half-waveplate at Ly-alpha wavelength. We developed a prototype of CLASP polarimeter using the MgF2 half-waveplate and polarization analyzers, and succeeded in obtaining the modulation patterns that are consistent with the theoretical prediction. We confirm that the performance of the prototype is optimized for measuring linear polarization signal with the least effect of the crosstalk from the circular polarization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8148, Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation IV, 81480T (7 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.893241
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H. Watanabe, Kwasan and Hida Observatories, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
N. Narukage, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
M. Kubo, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
R. Ishikawa, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
T. Bando, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
R. Kano, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
S. Tsuneta, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
K. Kobayashi, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
K. Ichimoto, Kwasan and Hida Observatories, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
J. Trujillo-Bueno, Observatorio del Teide, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8148:
Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation IV
Silvano Fineschi; Judy Fennelly, Editor(s)

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