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SUNRISE: high-resolution UV/VIS observations of the Sun from the stratosphere
Author(s): Achim M. Gandorfer; Sami K. Solanki; Manfred Schussler; Werner Curdt; Bruce W. Lites; Valentin Martinez Pillet; Wolfgang Schmidt; Alan M. Title
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Paper Abstract

SUNRISE is a balloon-borne solar telescope with an aperture of 1m, working in the UV/VIS optical 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 diffraction-limited images of the photosphere and chromosphere with an unpredecented resolution down to 35km at wavelengths around 220nm. Focal-plane instruments are a spectrograph/polarimeter, a Fabry-Perot filter magnetograph, and a filter imager. The first stratospheric long-duration balloon flight of SUNRISE over Antarctica is planned in winter 2006/2007. SUNRISE is a joint project of the Max-Planck-Institut fur Sonnensystemforschung (MPS), Katlenburg-Lindau, with the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS), Freiburg, the High-Altitude Observatory (HAO), Boulder, the Lockheed-Martin Solar and Astrophysics Lab. (LMSAL), Palo Alto, and the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife. In this paper we will present an overview on the mission and give a description of the instrumentation, now, at the beginning of the hardware construction phase.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.549119
Show Author Affiliations
Achim M. Gandorfer, Max-Planck-Institut fur Sonnensystemforschung (Germany)
Sami K. Solanki, Max-Planck-Institut fur Sonnensystemforschung (Germany)
Manfred Schussler, Max-Planck-Institut fur Sonnensystemforschung (Germany)
Werner Curdt, Max-Planck-Institut fur Sonnensystemforschung (Germany)
Bruce W. Lites, High Altitude Observatory (United States)
Valentin Martinez Pillet, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Wolfgang Schmidt, Kiepenheuer-Institut fur Sonnenphysik (Germany)
Alan M. Title, Lockheed-Martin Solar and Astrophysics Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5489:
Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr., Editor(s)

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