ESCAPE Coronagraph at Dome C: Investigating Waves and Heating of the Solar Corona

Luc Damé 1 L. Abe M. Faurobert 2 S. Fineschi S. Kuzin Philippe Lamy Mustapha Meftah 1 S. Vivès
1 HEPPI - LATMOS
LATMOS - Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales
Abstract : The Dome C high plateau is a unique place to carry solar high resolution and coronagraphic observations: sky brightness is reduced, water vapour is low, seeing is excellent and continuity of observations on several weeks is possible. ESCAPE (the Extreme Solar Coronagraphy Antarctic Program Experiment) will perform 2-dimensional spectroscopy of the forbidden line of FeXIV at 530.285 nm: precise line profile analysis will allow the diagnostic of the nature of waves by simultaneous measurements of velocities and intensities in the corona. ESCAPE is proposed to Institut Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV) for a campaign in 2012-2013 at Dome C/Concordia since all subsystems are available in particular thanks to an ESA STARTIGER 2010 R&D "Toward a New Generation of Formation Flying Coronagraph". Using state-of-the-art technologies developed for Space missions (a Three Mirrors Anastigmat telescope, the TMA, a 4 stages Liquid Crystal Tunable-filter Polarimeter, the LCTP) allows us to propose an automated Coronal Green Line full-field Polarimeter for unique observations (waves nature and intensity to address coronal heating) with the best possible performances on Earth and for preparing and testing the technologies for the next steps in Space. No other site (Hawaï or Tenerife) would allow such coronagraphic performances (the sky brightness is a factor 2 to 4 better than in Hawaï) and with high spatial resolution (better than an arcsec is possible). ESCAPE is a precursor opening the way to a long expected larger coronagraph for advanced coronal studies.
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Luc Damé, L. Abe, M. Faurobert, S. Fineschi, S. Kuzin, et al.. ESCAPE Coronagraph at Dome C: Investigating Waves and Heating of the Solar Corona. PNST 2012 (Programme National Soleil Terre), Mar 2012, La Londe-Les-Maures, France. ⟨hal-00711321⟩

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