J. Space Weather Space Clim.
Volume 11, 2021
Topical Issue - Space Weather Instrumentation
|Number of page(s)||12|
|Published online||01 March 2021|
SunCET: The Sun Coronal Ejection Tracker Concept
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, 3665 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303, USA
2 NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Information, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
3 High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
4 Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375, USA
5 Colorado Research Associates Division, NorthWest Research Associates, 3380 Mitchell Lane, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
6 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
7 Institute of Physics & Kanzelhöhe Observatory for Solar and Environmental Research, University of Graz, 8010 Graz, Austria
8 Royal Observatory of Belgium, Avenue Circulaire 3, 1180 Uccle, Belgium
9 Reflective X-ray Optics LLC, New York, NY 10027, USA
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 18 January 2021
The Sun Coronal Ejection Tracker (SunCET) is an extreme ultraviolet imager and spectrograph instrument concept for tracking coronal mass ejections through the region where they experience the majority of their acceleration: the difficult-to-observe middle corona. It contains a wide field of view (0–4 R⊙) imager and a 1 Å spectral-resolution-irradiance spectrograph spanning 170–340 Å. It leverages new detector technology to read out different areas of the detector with different integration times, resulting in what we call “simultaneous high dynamic range”, as opposed to the traditional high dynamic range camera technique of subsequent full-frame images that are then combined in post-processing. This allows us to image the bright solar disk with short integration time, the middle corona with a long integration time, and the spectra with their own, independent integration time. Thus, SunCET does not require the use of an opaque or filtered occulter. SunCET is also compact – ~15 × 15 × 10 cm in volume – making it an ideal instrument for a CubeSat or a small, complementary addition to a larger mission. Indeed, SunCET is presently in a NASA-funded, competitive Phase A as a CubeSat and has also been proposed to NASA as an instrument onboard a 184 kg Mission of Opportunity.
Key words: EUV instrument / coronal mass ejections / high dynamic range / CubeSat
© J.P. Mason et al., Published by EDP Sciences 2021
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