11 February 2003 Near-infrared chromospheric observatory
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NICO, the Near Infrared Chromosphere Observatory, is a platform for determining the magnetic structure and fources of heating for the solar chromosphere. NICO, a balloon-borne observatory, will use the largest solar telescope flying to map the magnetic fields, velocities, and heating events of the chromosphere and photosphere in detail. NICO will introduce new technologies to solar flight missions, such as wavefront sensing for monitoring telescope alignment, real-time correlation tracking and high-speed image motion compensation, and wide aperture Fabry-Perot etalons for extended spectral scanning.
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Barry Labonte, David M. Rust, Pietro N. Bernasconi, Manolis K. Georgoulis, Nicola J. Fox, Wolfgang Kalkofen, Haosheng Lin, "Near-infrared chromospheric observatory", Proc. SPIE 4853, Innovative Telescopes and Instrumentation for Solar Astrophysics, (11 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460369; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.460369

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