Accession Number : ADA337337

Title :   Solar Vector Magnetic Field Research

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Dec 93-30 Nov 96

Corporate Author : JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV LAUREL MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB

Personal Author(s) : Rust, David M.

PDF Url : ADA337337

Report Date : 14 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : The principal effort was development and flight of the Flare Genesis Experiment (FGE). The FGE is a balloon borne solar telescope that can provide the sharpest view ever of the evolution of activity on the Sun. The goal of the FGE is to obtain the observations needed for a breakthrough in solar flare research both sooner and at significantly lower cost than either a satellite or adaptive optics can offer. The FGE flight was a historic first. This effort has shown that a meter class solar telescope can take advantage of the modern long duration ballooning program in Antarctica to achieve science goals that are central to solar activity research.

Descriptors :   *TELESCOPES, *ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTS, *SOLAR FLARES, IMAGE PROCESSING, MAGNETIC FIELDS, THERMAL IMAGES, ADAPTIVE OPTICS, SUN, BALLOONS.

Subject Categories : Astronomy
      Photography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE