Solar Physics

, Volume 275, Issue 1, pp 17–40

The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)

Authors

    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Alan M. Title
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • David J. Akin
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Paul F. Boerner
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Catherine Chou
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Jerry F. Drake
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Dexter W. Duncan
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Christopher G. Edwards
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Frank M. Friedlaender
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Gary F. Heyman
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Neal E. Hurlburt
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Noah L. Katz
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Gary D. Kushner
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Michael Levay
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Russell W. Lindgren
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Dnyanesh P. Mathur
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Edward L. McFeaters
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Sarah Mitchell
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Roger A. Rehse
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Carolus J. Schrijver
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Larry A. Springer
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
    • Department of PhysicsMontana State University-Bozeman
  • Robert A. Stern
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Theodore D. Tarbell
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Jean-Pierre Wuelser
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • C. Jacob Wolfson
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Carl Yanari
    • Solar and Astrophysics LaboratoryLockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
  • Jay A. Bookbinder
    • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Peter N. Cheimets
    • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • David Caldwell
    • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Edward E. Deluca
    • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Richard Gates
    • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Leon Golub
    • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Sang Park
    • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • William A. Podgorski
    • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Rock I. Bush
    • W. W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Center for Space Science and AstrophysicsStanford University
  • Philip H. Scherrer
    • W. W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Center for Space Science and AstrophysicsStanford University
  • Mark A. Gummin
    • Alias Aerospace, Inc.
  • Peter Smith
    • Harvard University-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Gary Auker
    • e2v technologies
  • Paul Jerram
    • e2v technologies
  • Peter Pool
    • e2v technologies
  • Regina Soufli
    • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • David L. Windt
    • Reflective X-ray Optics LLC
  • Sarah Beardsley
    • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Matthew Clapp
    • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • James Lang
    • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Nicholas Waltham
    • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Open AccessTHE SOLAR DYNAMICS OBSERVATORY

DOI: 10.1007/s11207-011-9776-8

Cite this article as:
Lemen, J.R., Title, A.M., Akin, D.J. et al. Sol Phys (2012) 275: 17. doi:10.1007/s11207-011-9776-8

Abstract

The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) provides multiple simultaneous high-resolution full-disk images of the corona and transition region up to 0.5 R above the solar limb with 1.5-arcsec spatial resolution and 12-second temporal resolution. The AIA consists of four telescopes that employ normal-incidence, multilayer-coated optics to provide narrow-band imaging of seven extreme ultraviolet (EUV) band passes centered on specific lines: Fe xviii (94 Å), Fe viii, xxi (131 Å), Fe ix (171 Å), Fe xii, xxiv (193 Å), Fe xiv (211 Å), He ii (304 Å), and Fe xvi (335 Å). One telescope observes C iv (near 1600 Å) and the nearby continuum (1700 Å) and has a filter that observes in the visible to enable coalignment with images from other telescopes. The temperature diagnostics of the EUV emissions cover the range from 6×104 K to 2×107 K. The AIA was launched as a part of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission on 11 February 2010. AIA will advance our understanding of the mechanisms of solar variability and of how the Sun’s energy is stored and released into the heliosphere and geospace.

Keywords

Solar corona Solar instrumentation Solar imaging Extreme ultraviolet

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