Solar Physics

, Volume 283, Issue 2, pp 601–629 | Cite as

The SP_PREP Data Preparation Package for the Hinode Spectro-Polarimeter

  • B. W. Lites
  • K. Ichimoto


The Hinode/Spectro-Polarimeter (SP) is the first space-borne precision spectro-polarimeter for the study of solar phenomena. It is primarily intended for measuring the solar photospheric vector magnetic field at high spatial and spectral resolution. This objective requires that the data are calibrated and conditioned to a high degree of precision. We describe how the calibration package SP_PREP for the SP operates.


Instrumentation and data management Polarization, optical 



We thank the many people in the USA, Japan, and the UK whose involvement in developing the Hinode mission was indispensable to its success. We also thank A. de Wijn for his critique of the manuscript prior to submission, and an anonymous referee, who provided many very helpful comments and suggestions. Hinode is a Japanese mission developed and launched by ISAS/JAXA, collaborating with NAOJ as a domestic partner, NASA and STFC (UK) as international partners. Scientific operation of the Hinode mission is conducted by the Hinode science team organized at ISAS/JAXA. This team mainly consists of scientists from institutes in the partner countries. Support for the post-launch operation is provided by JAXA and NAOJ (Japan), STFC (UK), NASA, ESA, and NSC (Norway). The FPP project at LMSAL and HAO is supported by NASA contract NNM07AA01C. The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.High Altitude ObservatoryNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Hida ObservatoryKyoto UniversityTakayamaJapan

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