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

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 08:00 to Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 08:45
Virtual (Webcast link provided below)
Contact Name: 
Melissa Ward
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(303) 497-8713

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.