AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 97 Instrumentation, Ground-based and Space-based Gamma Ray Bursts
Oral, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 2:00-3:30pm, 702

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[97.04] High Time Cadence Observations with the Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph (RAISE) Rocket Program

T.R. Ayres (University of Colorado), D. M. Hassler, D. Slater, C. E. DeForest (Southwest Research Institute), H. Mason (Cambridge University), S. McIntosh, R. J. Thomas (Goddard Space Flight Center)

The Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph (RAISE) is a next-generation high resolution imaging spectrograph scheduled to fly on a NASA sounding rocket in 2006 to study the dynamics of the solar chromosphere and corona on time scales as short as 100 ms. High speed imaging from TRACE has shown that rapid motions and reconnection are central to the physics of the transition region and corona, but cannot resolve the differences between propagating phenomena and bulk motion. SoHO/CDS and SoHO/SUMER have yielded intriguing measurements of motion and heating in the solar atmosphere, and Solar-B/EIS will capture EUV spectra of flares in progress; but no currently planned instrument can capture spectral information in the chromosphere, transition region, or cool corona on the ~ 1-10 Hz time scale required for few-second cadence spectral imaging or rapid wave motion studies. RAISE is uniquely suited to exploring this hard-to-reach domain.

This work is supported by NASA Grant NNG04WC01G to the Southwest Research Institute.

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