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See detailDesign and tests for the heliospheric imager of the STEREO mission
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Halain, Jean-Philippe ULg; Mazy, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series (2003, February 01)

The Heliospheric Imager (HI) is part of the SECCHI suite of instruments on-board the two STEREO spacecrafts to be launched in 2005. The two HI instruments will provide stereographic image pairs of solar ... [more ▼]

The Heliospheric Imager (HI) is part of the SECCHI suite of instruments on-board the two STEREO spacecrafts to be launched in 2005. The two HI instruments will provide stereographic image pairs of solar coronal plasma and coronal mass ejections (CME) over a wide field of view (~90°), ranging from 13 to 330 R[SUB]0[/SUB]. These observations compliment the 15 R[SUB]0[/SUB] field of view of the solar corona obtained by the other SECCHI instruments (2 coronagraphs and an EUV imager). The key challenge of the instrument design is the rejection of the solar disk light, with total straylight attenuation of the order of 10[SUP]-13 [/SUP]to 10[SUP]-15[/SUP]. A multi-vane diffractive baffle system has been theoretically optimized to achieve the lower requirement (10[SUP]-13[/SUP] for HI-1) and is combined with a secondary baffling system to reach the 10[SUP]-15[/SUP] rejection performance in the second camera system (HI-2). This paper presents the last updates of the SECCHI/HI design concept, with the expected performance. A verification program is currently in progress. The on-going stray-light verification tests are discussed. A set of tests has been conducted in air, and under vacuum. The results are presented and compared with the expected theoretical data. [less ▲]

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See detailSWAP: Sun watcher using APS detector on-board PROBA-2, a new EUV off-axis telescope on a technology demonstration platform
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Berghmans, David; Hochedez, Jean-Francois E et al

in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series (2003)

SWAP (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) is an instrument that has been selected to fly on the PROBA-II technology demonstration platform, a program of the European Space ... [more ▼]

SWAP (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) is an instrument that has been selected to fly on the PROBA-II technology demonstration platform, a program of the European Space Agency (ESA) to be launched in 2006. This paper presents the instrument concept and its scientific goals. SWAP uses an off-axis Ritchey Chretien telescope that will image the EUV solar corona at 19.5 nm on a specifically fabricated extreme ultraviolet (EUV) sensitivity enhanced CMOS APS detector. This type of detector has advantages that promise to be very profitable for solar EUV imaging. The SWAP design is built on a similar concept as the MAGRITTE instrument suite for the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission to be launched in 2007. The optics have been adapted to the detector size. The SWAP PROBA-2 program will be an opportunity to demonstrate and validate the optical concept of MAGRITTE, while it will also validate space remote sensing with APS detectors. On the science outcomes, SWAP will provide solar corona images in the Fe XII line on a baselined 1-min cadence. Observations with this specific wavelength allow detecting phenomena, such as solar flares or 'EIT-waves", associated with the early phase of coronal mass ejections. Image recognition software will be developed that automatically detects these phenomena and sends out space weather warnings. Different modules of this software will run both on the ground system as well as on the onboard computer of PROBA II. The SWAP data will complement the observations provided by SOHO-EIT, and STEREO-SECCHI. [less ▲]

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See detailMAGRITTE / SPECTRE : the Solar Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory
Rochus, Pierre ULg; Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Halain, Jean-Philippe ULg et al

in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (2002), 21

The Solar Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory will characterize the dynamical evolution of the solar plasma from the chromosphere to the corona, and will follow the ... [more ▼]

The Solar Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory will characterize the dynamical evolution of the solar plasma from the chromosphere to the corona, and will follow the connection of plasma dynamics with magnetic activity throughout the solar atmosphere. The AIA consists of 7 high resolution imaging telescopes in the following spectral bandpasses: 1215 \x8F Ly-a, 304 \x8F He II, 629 \x8F OV, 465 \x8F Ne VII, 195 \x8F Fe XII (includes Fe XXIV), 284 \x8F Fe XV, and 335 \x8F Fe XVI. The telescopes are grouped by instrumental approach: the Magritte Filtergraphs (R. Magritte, famous 20th Century Belgian Surrealistic Artist), five multilayer EUV channels with bandpasses ranging from 195 to 1216 \x8F, and the SPECTRE Spectroheliograph with one soft-EUV channel at OV 629 \x8F. They will be simultaneously operated with a 10-second imaging cadence. These two instruments, the electronic boxes and two redundant Guide Telescopes (GT) constitute the AIA suite. They will be mounted and coaligned on a dedicated common optical bench. The GTs will provide pointing jitter information to the whole SHARPP assembly. This poster presents the selected technologies, the different challenges, the trade-offs to be made in phase A, and the model philosophy. From a scientific viewpoint, the unique combination high temporal and spatial resolutions with the simultaneous multi-channel capability will allow Magritte/SPECTRE to explore new domains in the dynamics of the solar atmosphere, in particular the fast small-scale phenomena. We show how the spectral channels of the different instruments were derived to fulfill the AIA scientific objectives, and we outline how this imager array will address key science issues, like the transition region and coronal waves or flare precursors, in coordination with other SDO experiments. We finally describe the real-time solar monitoring products that will be made available for space-weather forecasting applications. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign and tests for the heliospheric imager of the STEREO mission
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Halain, Jean-Philippe ULg; Mazy, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series (2002)

The Heliospheric Imager (HI) is part of the SECCHI suite of instruments on-board the two STEREO spacecrafts to be launched in 2005. The two HI instruments will provide stereographic image pairs of solar ... [more ▼]

The Heliospheric Imager (HI) is part of the SECCHI suite of instruments on-board the two STEREO spacecrafts to be launched in 2005. The two HI instruments will provide stereographic image pairs of solar coronal plasma and coronal mass ejections (CME) over a wide field of view (~90°), ranging from 13 to 330 R[SUB]0[/SUB]. These observations compliment the 15 R[SUB]0[/SUB] field of view of the solar corona obtained by the other SECCHI instruments (2 coronagraphs and an EUV imager). The key challenge of the instrument design is the rejection of the solar disk light, with total straylight attenuation of the order of 10[SUP]-13 [/SUP]to 10[SUP]-15[/SUP]. A multi-vane diffractive baffle system has been theoretically optimized to achieve the lower requirement (10[SUP]-13[/SUP] for HI-1) and is combined with a secondary baffling system to reach the 10[SUP]-15[/SUP] rejection performance in the second camera system (HI-2). This paper presents the last updates of the SECCHI/HI design concept, with the expected performance. A verification program is currently in progress. The on-going stray-light verification tests are discussed. A set of tests has been conducted in air, and under vacuum. The results are presented and compared with the expected theoretical data. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of the Heliospheric Imager for the STEREO mission
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Halain, Jean-Philippe ULg; Mazy, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series (2001, December 01)

The Heliospheric Imager (HI) is part of the SECCHI suite of instruments on-board the two STEREO spacecrafts to be launched in 2005. The two HI instruments will provide stereographic image pairs of solar ... [more ▼]

The Heliospheric Imager (HI) is part of the SECCHI suite of instruments on-board the two STEREO spacecrafts to be launched in 2005. The two HI instruments will provide stereographic image pairs of solar coronal plasma and address the observational problem of very faint coronal mass ejections (CME) over a wide field of view (~90 degree(s)) ranging from 13 to 330 R[SUB]0[/SUB]. The key element of the instrument design is to reject the solar disk light, with straylight attenuation of the order of 10[SUP]-13[/SUP] to 10[SUP]-15[/SUP] in the camera systems. This attenuation is accomplished by a specific design of straylight baffling system, and two separate observing cameras with complimentary FOV's cover the wide FOV. A multi-vane diffractive system has been theoretically optimized to achieve the lower requirement (10[SUP]-13[/SUP] for HI-1) and is combined with a secondary baffling system to reach the 10[SUP]-15[/SUP] rejection performance in the second camera system (HI-2). This paper presents the design concept of the HI optics and baffles, and the preparation of verification tests that will demonstrate the instrument straylight performances. The baffle design has been optimized according to accommodation constrains on the spacecraft, and the optics were studied to provide adequate light gathering power and image quality. Straylight has been studied in the complete configuration, including the lens barrels and the focal plane assemblies. A specific testing facility is currently being studied to characterize the effective straylight rejection of the HI baffling. An overview of the developments for those tests is presented. [less ▲]

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See detailStraylight tests for the Heliospheric imagers of STEREO
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Halain, Jean-Philippe ULg; Mazy, Emmanuel ULg et al

in ESA-SP (2001), 467

The design of the Heliospheric Imager (HI) of the NASA Solar TErrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) is based on an optical baffle system. It will reject the solar disk light with attenuation of the ... [more ▼]

The design of the Heliospheric Imager (HI) of the NASA Solar TErrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) is based on an optical baffle system. It will reject the solar disk light with attenuation of the order of 10-13 and 10-15, and let two separate camera systems (HI-1 and HI-2) measure the extremely faint solar coronal mass ejections. A multi-vane diffractive system has been optimized to achieve the lower requirement (10-13 for HI-1) and is combined with a secondary baffling system to reach the 10-15 rejection performance in the second camera system (HI-2). The theoretical performances of the baffling systems will be experimentally verified during the instrument development phase. A specific straylight test facility is being studied at CSL and preliminary tests have been conducted to prepare the HI instrument testing. The test set-up requirements and design considerations are discussed in this paper. The very high rejection performance requires to perform those tests under vacuum to avoid ambient air perturbations. Several light trapping systems have been developed for this application. A first breadboard has been built and is currently under testing. Preliminary results of those tests are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailSM98-146/413 Effective Modal Parameters to Evaluate Structural Stresses
Rochus, Pierre ULg; Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Plesseria, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Spacecraft Structures, Materials and Mechanical Testing (1999)

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See detailAnalyse des performances instrumentales du télescope spatial EIT
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg

Doctoral thesis (1999)

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See detailObservations of Coronal Structures Above an Active Region by EIT and Implications for Coronal Energy Deposition
Neupert, W. M.; Newmark, J.; Delaboudinière, J.-P. et al

in Solar Physics (1998), 183

Solar EUV images recorded by the EUV Imaging Telescope (EIT) on SOHO have been used to evaluate temperature and density as a function of position in two largescale features in the corona observed in the ... [more ▼]

Solar EUV images recorded by the EUV Imaging Telescope (EIT) on SOHO have been used to evaluate temperature and density as a function of position in two largescale features in the corona observed in the temperature range of 1.0-2.0MK. Such observations permit estimates of longitudinal temperature gradients (if present) in the corona and, consequently, estimates of thermal conduction and radiative losses as a function of position in the features. We examine two relatively cool features as recorded in EIT's Feix/x (171Å) and Fexii (195Å) bands in a decaying active region. The first is a long-lived loop-like feature with one leg, ending in the active region, much more prominent than one or more distant footpoints assumed to be rooted in regions of weakly enhanced field. The other is a near-radial feature, observed at the West limb, which may be either the base of a very high loop or the base of a helmet streamer. We evaluate energy requirements to support a steady-state energy balance in these features and find in both instances that downward thermal conductive losses (at heights above the transition region) are inadequate to support local radiative losses, which are the predominant loss mechanism. The requirement that a coronal energy deposition rate proportional to the square of the ambient electron density (or pressure) is present in these cool coronal features provides an additional constraint on coronal heating mechanisms. [less ▲]

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See detailIn-orbit performances of the EIT instrument on board SOHO and intercalibration with the EIT Calroc Sounding Rocket program
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Moses, J~D; Clette, Fr. et al

in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series (1998)

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See detailEIT and LASCO Observations of the Initiation of a Coronal Mass Ejection
Dere, K. P.; Brueckner, G. E.; Howard, R. A. et al

in Solar Physics (1997), 175

We present the first observations of the initiation of a coronal mass ejection (CME) seen on the disk of the Sun. Observations with the EIT experiment on SOHO show that the CME began in a small volume and ... [more ▼]

We present the first observations of the initiation of a coronal mass ejection (CME) seen on the disk of the Sun. Observations with the EIT experiment on SOHO show that the CME began in a small volume and was initially associated with slow motions of prominence material and a small brightening at one end of the prominence. Shortly afterward, the prominence was accelerated to about 100 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP] and was preceded by a bright loop-like structure, which surrounded an emission void, that traveled out into the corona at a velocity of 200 400 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP]. These three components, the prominence, the dark void, and the bright loops are typical of CMEs when seen at distance in the corona and here are shown to be present at the earliest stages of the CME. The event was later observed to traverse the LASCO coronagraphs fields of view from 1.1 to 30 Ro. Of particular interest is the fact that this large-scale event, spanning as much as 70 deg in latitude, originated in a volume with dimensions of roughly 35" (2.5 x 10[SUP]4[/SUP] km). Further, a disturbance that propagated across the disk and a chain of activity near the limb may also be associated with this event as well as a considerable degree of activity near the west limb. [less ▲]

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See detailEIT Observations of the Extreme Ultraviolet Sun
Moses, D.; Clette, Frédéric; Delaboudinière, J.-P. et al

in Solar Physics (1997), 175

The Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) on board the SOHO spacecraft has been operational since 2 January 1996. EIT observes the Sun over a 45 x 45 arc min field of view in four emission line ... [more ▼]

The Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) on board the SOHO spacecraft has been operational since 2 January 1996. EIT observes the Sun over a 45 x 45 arc min field of view in four emission line groups: Feix, x, Fexii, Fexv, and Heii. A post-launch determination of the instrument flatfield, the instrument scattering function, and the instrument aging were necessary for the reduction and analysis of the data. The observed structures and their evolution in each of the four EUV bandpasses are characteristic of the peak emission temperature of the line(s) chosen for that bandpass. Reports on the initial results of a variety of analysis projects demonstrate the range of investigations now underway: EIT provides new observations of the corona in the temperature range of 1 to 2 MK. Temperature studies of the large-scale coronal features extend previous coronagraph work with low-noise temperature maps. Temperatures of radial, extended, plume-like structures in both the polar coronal hole and in a low latitude decaying active region were found to be cooler than the surrounding material. Active region loops were investigated in detail and found to be isothermal for the low loops but hottest at the loop tops for the large loops. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst Results from EIT
Clette, Frédéric; Delaboudiniere, J.-P.; Artzner, G. E. et al

in 1st Advances in Solar Physics Euroconference. Advances in Physics of Sunspots (1997)

The Extreme-UV Imaging telescope has already produced more than 15000 wide-field images of the corona and transition region, on the disk and up to 1.5R_o above the limb, with a pixel size of 2.6\arcsec ... [more ▼]

The Extreme-UV Imaging telescope has already produced more than 15000 wide-field images of the corona and transition region, on the disk and up to 1.5R_o above the limb, with a pixel size of 2.6\arcsec. By using four different emission lines, it provides the global temperature distribution in the quiet corona, in the range 0.5 to 3*E(6) K. Its excellent sensitivity and wide dynamic range allow unprecedented views of low emission features, even inside coronal holes. Those so-called ``quiet'' regions actually display a wide range of dynamical phenomena, in particular at small spatial scales and at time scales going down to only a few seconds, as revealed by all EIT time sequences of full- or partial-field images. The initial results presented here demonstrate the importance of this wide-field imaging experiment for a good coordination between SOHO and ground-based solar telescopes, as well as for science planning. [less ▲]

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See detailIn-orbit diagnostics of EIT EUV CCD radiation-induced aging
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Clette, Frédéric; Moses, J. et al

in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series (1997)

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See detailImaging the solar corona in the EUV
Delaboudiniere, J.-P.; Stern, R. A.; Maucherat, A. et al

in Advances in Space Research (1997), 20

The SOHO (SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory) satellite was launched on December 2nd 1995. After arriving at the Earth-Sun (L1) Lagrangian point on February 14th 1996, it began to continuously observe the ... [more ▼]

The SOHO (SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory) satellite was launched on December 2nd 1995. After arriving at the Earth-Sun (L1) Lagrangian point on February 14th 1996, it began to continuously observe the Sun. As one of the instruments onboard SOHO, the EIT (Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope) images the Sun's corona in 4 EUV wavelengths. The He II filter at 304 AË images the chromosphere and the base of the transition region at a temperature of 5 - 8 x 10^4 K; the Fe IX-X filter at 171 AË images the corona at a temperature of ~ 1.3 x 10^6 K; the Fe XII filter at 195 AË images the quiet corona outside coronal holes at a temperature of ~ 1.6 x 10^6 K; and the Fe XV filter at 284 AË images active regions with a temperature of ~ 2.0 x 10^6 K. About 5000 images have been obtained up to the present. In this paper, we describe also some aspects of the telescope and the detector performance for application in the observations. Images and movies of all the wavelengths allow a look at different phenomena present in the Sun's corona, and in particular, magnetic field reconnection. [less ▲]

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See detailEIT: Extreme-Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope for the SOHO Mission
Delaboudinière, J.-P.; Artzner, G. E.; Brunaud, J. et al

in Solar Physics (1995), 162

The Extreme-ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) will provide wide-field images of the corona and transition region on the solar disc and up to 1.5 Ro above the solar limb. Its normal incidence multilayer ... [more ▼]

The Extreme-ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) will provide wide-field images of the corona and transition region on the solar disc and up to 1.5 Ro above the solar limb. Its normal incidence multilayer-coated optics will select spectral emission lines from Fe IX (171 Å), Fe XII (195 Å), Fe XV (284 Å), and He II (304 Å) to provide sensitive temperature diagnostics in the range from 6 × 10[SUP]4[/SUP] K to 3 × 10[SUP]6[/SUP] K. The telescope has a 45 x 45 arcmin field of view and 2.6 arcsec pixels which will provide approximately 5-arcsec spatial resolution. The EIT will probe the coronal plasma on a global scale, as well as the underlying cooler and turbulent atmosphere, providing the basis for comparative analyses with observations from both the ground and other SOHO instruments. This paper presents details of the EIT instrumentation, its performance and operating modes. [less ▲]

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See detailAlignment of the Extreme-UV Imaging Telescope (EIT)
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Georges, Marc ULg; Rochus, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (1994, September 05)

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