EOL Seminar: High-Altitude Instrumentation for Infrared Observations of the Solar Corona

SPEAKER:        Dr. Jenna Samra - Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA)

DATE:                June 16, 2020

TIME:                 2:00 - 3:00 pm MDT

WEBCAST:       https://www.ucar.edu/live?room=fl21001

QUESTIONS:   Email questions during the talk to Ulrike Romatschke: romatsch@ucar.edu



High-altitude infrared remote sensing is a promising new method for measuring coronal plasma and magnetic fields. This talk presents recent results from Smithsonian’s Airborne Infrared Spectrometer (AIR-Spec) and outlines concepts for future airborne and balloon-based spectrometers and spectro-polarimeters.

AIR-Spec is an imaging spectrometer that measures light over a 0.4 degree field of view in three spectral passbands between 1.4 and 3 microns. The instrument was commissioned during the 2017 total solar eclipse, when it observed five coronal emission lines from the NCAR Gulfstream V research jet. During the 2019 eclipse, significant instrument improvements enabled high-precision measurements higher in the corona. A third flight is planned for December 2020, and a new balloon-based instrument is being designed based on the results of the aircraft missions.


Room Number: 
FL2-1001 Small Seminar Room

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Will this event be webcast to the public by NCAR|UCAR?: 
Announcement Timing: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Calendar Timing: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:00am MDT

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