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

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[20.03] SADE: Starspot and Dynamo Explorer

P.C.H. Martens (Montana State University)

In soft X-rays the solar coronal radiance varies by a factor of 70 over the solar activity cycle. A similar variation in most stars in the existing X-ray database has not been found (Stern 2001); even stars which exhibit chromospheric activity cycles show only marginal evidence for X-ray cycles. This is rather puzzling as the time span and multiple coverage of the X-ray sky should reveal at least a hint of such a pronounced cyclical variation.

By the time of the meeting we will have submitted a SMEX proposal with the above acronym to determine the nature and amplitude of the variation in X-ray emission of nearby solar analogs that have a cyclic chromospheric Ca-K variability similar to that of the Sun. In doing so we aim to expand our knowledge of the parameter space of stellar dynamos, which will lead to a better understanding of the dynamo process in general -- an unresolved fundamental problem in astrophysics -- and the solar dynamo in particular. This is an investigation at the cross-section of the NASA themes ``Structure and Evolution of the Universe", and the ``Sun-Earth Connection".

In my presentation I will describe the SADE instrument design, observing strategy, and possible science results. SADE is proposed by a consortium led by MSU, including Swales, CfA, LMSAL, UCL, OAP, and Bangalore.


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