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EUNIS-07: First Look

By Roger J. Thomas, Jeffrey W. Brosius and Douglas M. Rabin


The Extreme Ultraviolet Normal Incidence Spectrograph (EUNIS) sounding rocket instrument is a two-channel imaging spectrograph that observes the solar corona with high spectral resolution and a rapid cadence made possible by unprecedented sensitivity. EUNIS flew for the first time on 2006 April 12 (EUNIS-06), returning over 140 science exposures at a cadence of 2.1 s; each exposure comprises six 1K x 1K active pixel sensor (APS) images, three for each wavelength channel (170-205 $\AA$ and 300-370 $\AA$). Analysis of EUNIS-06 data has so far shed new light on the nature of coronal bright points, cool transients, and coronal loop arcades and has enabled calibration updates for TRACE and SOHO's CDS and EIT. EUNIS flew successfully again on 2007 November 6 (EUNIS-07). Because the APS's were operated in video rather than snapshot mode, a faster cadence of 1.3 s was possible (97% duty cycle), resulting in 276 science exposures. We present an overview of the EUNIS-07 spectra and describe the coordinated observing program executed by the Hinode Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (EIS) that will, in conjunction with the absolute radiometric calibration of EUNIS-07, result in the first on-orbit radiometric calibration of EIS. EUNIS data are freely available to the solar physics community. EUNIS is supported by the NASA Heliophysics Division through its Low Cost Access to Space Program in Solar and Heliospheric Physics

Topics: Astronomy
Year: 2008
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