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18 August 2005 Imaging three-dimensional heliosphere in EUV
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The glow of interstellar plasma and solar wind pickup ions and solar wind emissions at 30.4 nm provide a way of exploring important physical processes in the heliosphere. Imaging the heliosphere at this wavelength with high spectral resolution will map the heliopause, probe pickup ions in the solar wind, and reveal the three-dimensional flow pattern of the solar wind, including in the regions over the sun's poles. The required high-throughput, high-resolution spectrometer for diffuse radiation should be able to measure 1 milli-Rayleigh irradiance in 10000 seconds with a 0.005-nm spectral resolution across pixels subtending a few degrees of celestial arc. The desired performance characteristics can be achieved by combining multiple entrance slits with an optimized spectrometer design. We present a concept of a space experiment to image the heliosphere at 30.4 nm and discuss the scientific rationale and required instrumentation.
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Mike Gruntman, Mike Lampton, and Jerry Edelstein "Imaging three-dimensional heliosphere in EUV", Proc. SPIE 5901, Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation, 590103 (18 August 2005);


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