34th Solar Physics Division Meeting, June 2003
Session 20 Instrumentation
Poster, Wednesday, June 18, 2003, 3:30-5:00pm, Mezzanine

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[20.15] SUMI - The Solar Ultraviolet Magnetograph Investigation

J.G. Porter, E.A. West, J.M. Davis, G.A. Gary, M.W. Noble (NASA/MSFC), R.J. Thomas, D.M. Rabin (NASA/GSFC), H. Uitenbroek (NSO)

Solar physics has been successful in characterizing the full vector magnetic field in the photosphere, where the ratio of gas pressure to magnetic pressure (\beta) is greater than 1. However, at higher levels in the atmosphere, where \beta is much less than 1 and flares and CMEs are believed to be triggered, observations are difficult, severely limiting the understanding of these processes. In response to this situation, we are developing SUMI (the Solar Ultraviolet Magnetograph Investigation) a unique instrument designed to measure the circular and linear polarization of upper chromospheric Mg II lines (280 nm) and circular polarization of transition region C IV lines (155 nm). To date the telescope mirrors have been built, tested and coated with dielectric stacks designed to reflect only the wavelengths of interest. We have also developed a unique UV polarimeter and completed the design of a high-resolution spectrograph that uses dual toroidal varied-line-space (TVLS) gratings. Incorporating measurements of those components developed so far, the revised estimate of the system throughput exceeds our original estimate by more than an order of magnitude. A sounding rocket flight is anticipated in 2006. Our objectives and progress are detailed in this presentation.

This work is supported by NASA SR&T.


The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: jason.porter@nasa.gov

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