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Session 56 - New Solar Instrumentation.
Display session, Wednesday, June 12
Tripp Commons,

[56.03] Design Considerations for a Near Infrared Imaging Vector Magnetograph

C. A. Gullixson (NSO/SP and PL/GPSS), S. L. Keil (PL/GPSS), K. S. Balasubramaniam (NSO/SP and PL/GPSS)

We present a preliminary design for an imaging vector magnetograph at 15648 ÅThis instrument is intended as a potential source of vector magnetic field measurments for the USAF and NOAA solar activity prediction programs. It will consist of a blocking filter, two Fabry-Perot Etalons in tandem, a near-IR (10000 -- 17000 Åcamera and associated polarization optics. Initial test results of the optical characteristics of this instrument and its expected performance characteristics will be described. We are exploring designs for operational vector magnetographs in the near-IR as a way to simplify vector magnetic field measurements while improving their accuracy.

\smallskip This work was supported by AFOSR Task 2311G3. National Solar Observatory, NOAO, is operated for the National Science Foundation by AURA, Inc.

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