Solar Physics

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Improvements in the Determination of ISS Ca ii K Parameters

  • L. BertelloEmail author
  • A. A. Pevtsov
  • J. W. Harvey
  • R. M. Toussaint


Measurements of the ionized Ca ii K line are one of the major resources for long-term studies of solar and stellar activity. They also play a critical role in many studies related to solar irradiance variability, particularly as a ground-based proxy to model the solar ultraviolet flux variation that may influence the Earth’s climate. Full disk images of the Sun in Ca ii K have been available from various observatories for more than 100 years and latter synoptic Sun-as-a-star observations in Ca ii K began in the early 1970s. One of these instruments, the Integrated Sunlight Spectrometer (ISS) has been in operation at Kitt Peak (Arizona) since late 2006. The ISS takes daily observations of solar spectra in nine spectra bands, including the Ca ii K and H lines. We describe recent improvements in data reduction of Ca ii K observations, and present time variations of nine parameters derived from the profile of this spectral line.


Solar activity, observations, data analysis Chromosphere, active 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Bertello
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. A. Pevtsov
    • 2
  • J. W. Harvey
    • 1
  • R. M. Toussaint
    • 1
  1. 1.National Solar ObservatoryTucsonUSA
  2. 2.National Solar ObservatorySunspotUSA

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