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Tomczyk S.,High Altitude Observatory | Mathew S.K.,Udaipur Solar Observatory Udaipur India | Gallagher D.,High Altitude Observatory
Journal of Geophysical Research A: Space Physics | Year: 2016

Measuring magnetic fields in the solar corona is crucial to understanding and predicting the Sun's generation of space weather that affects communications, GPS systems, space flight, and power transmission. The Coronal Solar Magnetism Observatory Large Coronagraph (COSMO LC) is a proposed 1.5m aperture coronagraph designed to synoptically observe magnetic fields and plasma properties in the large-scale corona to improve our understanding of solar processes that cause space weather. The LC will observe coronal emission lines over the wavelength range from 500 to 1100nm with a field of view of 1° and a spatial resolution of 2arcsec. A spectral resolution greater than 8000 over the wavelength range is needed to resolve the polarization signatures of magnetic fields in the emission line profiles. The aperture and field of view of the LC set an étendue requirement of 1.39m2deg2 for the postfocus instrumentation. We find that a tunable wide-field birefringent filter using Lithium Niobate crystals can meet the étendue and spectral resolution requirements for the LC spectrometer. We have tested a number of commercially available crystals and verify that crystals of the required size and birefringence uniformity are available. We also evaluate electro-optical tuning of a Lithium Niobate birefringent filter by the application of high voltage. This tunable filter represents a key enabling technology for the COSMO LC. © 2016. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.

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