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The European Solar Telescope (EST)
Author(s): Sarah A. Matthews; Manuel Collados ; Mihalis Mathioudakis; Robertus Erdelyi
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Paper Abstract

The European Solar Telescope (EST) is being designed to optimize studies of the magnetic coupling between the lower layers of the solar atmosphere (the photosphere and chromosphere) in order to investigate the origins and evolution of the solar magnetic field and its role in driving solar activity. In order to achieve this, the thermal, dynamic and magnetic properties of the solar plasma must be probed over many scale heights and at intrinsic scales, requiring the use of multi wavelength spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry at high spatial, spectral and temporal resolution. In this paper we describe some of the over-arching science questions that EST will address and briefly outline the main features of the proposed telescope design and the associated instrumentation package.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 August 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 990809 (3 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2234145
Show Author Affiliations
Sarah A. Matthews, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
Manuel Collados , Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Mihalis Mathioudakis, Queen's Univ. Belfast (United Kingdom)
Robertus Erdelyi, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Debrecen Heliophysical Observatory (Hungary)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9908:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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