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Measuring Magnetic Fields in the Outer Atmosphere – SolmeX

Peter, Hardi and Abbo, L. and Andretta, V. and Auchere, F. and Bemporad, A. and Berrilli, F. and Bommier, V. and Braukhane, Andy and Casini, R. and Curdt, Werner and Davila, J. and Dittus, Hansjörg and Fineschi, S. and Fludra, A. and Gandorfer, Achim and Griffin, D. and Inhester, B. and Lagg, Andreas and Landi Degl'Innocenti, E. and Maiwald, Volker and Manso Saiz, R. and Martinez Pillet, V. and Matthews, S. and Moses, D. and Parenti, S. and Pietarila, A. and Quantius, Dominik and Raouafi, N. E. and Raymond, J. and Rochus, P. and Romberg, Oliver and Schlotterer, Markus and Schuehle, Udo and Solanki, S. and Spadaro, D. and Teriaca, L. and Trujillo Bueno, J. and Vial, J. C. (2011) Measuring Magnetic Fields in the Outer Atmosphere – SolmeX. European Solar Physics Meeting (ESPM-13), 12. Sept. - 16. Sept. 2011, Rhodes, Geece.

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The magnetic field plays a pivotal role in many fields of Astrophysics. This is especially true for the physics of the solar atmosphere. Measuring the magnetic field in the upper solar atmosphere is crucial to understand the nature of the underlying physical processes that drive the violent dynamics of the solar corona—that can also affect life on Earth. SolmeX, a fully equipped solar space observatory for remote-sensing observations, will provide the first comprehensive measurements of the strength and direction of the magnetic field in the upper solar atmosphere. The mission consists of two spacecraft, one carrying the instruments, and another one in formation flight at a distance of about 200 m carrying the occulter to provide an artificial total solar eclipse. This will ensure high-quality coronagraphic observations above the solar limb. SolmeX integrates two spectro-polarimetric coronagraphs for off-limb observations, one in the EUV and one in the IR, and three instruments for observations on the disk. The latter comprises one imaging polarimeter in the EUV for coronal studies, a spectro-polarimeter in the EUV to investigate the low corona, and an imaging spectro-polarimeter in the UV for chromospheric studies. SOHO and other existing missions have investigated the emission of the upper atmosphere in detail (not considering polarization), and as this will be the case also for missions planned for the near future. Therefore it is timely that SolmeX provides the final piece of the observational quest by measuring the magnetic field in the upper atmosphere through polarimetric observations.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Measuring Magnetic Fields in the Outer Atmosphere – SolmeX
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Peter, HardiMPS, Kattlenburg-Lindau
Abbo, L.INAF, Torino
Andretta, V.INAF, Napoli
Auchere, F.Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale
Bemporad, A.INAF, Torino
Berrilli, F.Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”
Bommier, V.Observatoire de Paris-Meudon
Braukhane, AndyDLR-RY, Bremen
Casini, R.NCAR/High Altitude Observatory
Curdt, WernerMPS, Kattlenburg-Lindau
Dittus, HansjörgDLR-RY, Bremen
Fineschi, S.INAF, Torino
Fludra, A.STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Gandorfer, AchimMPS, Kattlenburg-Lindau
Griffin, D.STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Inhester, B.MPS, Kattlenburg-Lindau
Lagg, AndreasMPS, Kattlenburg-Lindau
Landi Degl'Innocenti, E.Università degli Studi di Firenze
Maiwald, VolkerDLR-RY, Bremen
Manso Saiz, R.Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Martinez Pillet, V.Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Matthews, S.Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Moses, D.Naval Research Laboratory
Parenti, S.Royal Observatory of Belgium
Pietarila, A.National Solar Observatory
Quantius, DominikDLR-RY, Bremen
Raouafi, N. E.Johns Hopkins University/APL
Raymond, J.Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Rochus, P.Université de Liège
Romberg, OliverDLR-RY, Bremen
Schlotterer, MarkusDLR-RY, Bremen
Schuehle, UdoMPS, Kattlenburg-Lindau
Solanki, S.MPS, Kattlenburg-Lindau
Spadaro, D.INAF, Catania
Teriaca, L.MPS, Kattlenburg-Lindau
Trujillo Bueno, J.Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Vial, J. C.Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale
Date:12 September 2011
Refereed publication:No
Keywords:Sun: atmosphere - Magnetic fields - Space vehicles: instruments - Techniques: polarimetic - ESA Cosmic Vision - Concurrent Engineering
Event Title:European Solar Physics Meeting (ESPM-13)
Event Location:Rhodes, Geece
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:12. Sept. - 16. Sept. 2011
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systemanalyse Raumsegment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systemanalyse Raumsegmente
Deposited By: Dominik Quantius
Deposited On:14 Feb 2012 10:46
Last Modified:08 May 2014 23:22

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