Solar Physics

, Volume 291, Issue 6, pp 1665–1679 | Cite as

Measuring Solar Doppler Velocities in the He ii 30.38 nm Emission Using the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE)

  • P. C. ChamberlinEmail author


The EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory has provided unprecedented measurements of the solar EUV irradiance at high temporal cadence with good spectral resolution and range since May 2010. The main purpose of EVE was to connect the Sun to the Earth by providing measurements of the EUV irradiance as a driver for space weather and Living With a Star studies, but after launch the instrument has demonstrated the significance of its measurements in contributing to studies looking at the sources of solar variability for pure solar physics purposes. This paper expands upon previous findings that EVE can in fact measure wavelength shifts during solar eruptive events and therefore provide Doppler velocities for plasma at all temperatures throughout the solar atmosphere from the chromosphere to hot flaring temperatures. This process is not straightforward as EVE was not designed or optimized for these types of measurements. In this paper we describe the many detailed instrumental characterizations needed to eliminate the optical effects in order to provide an absolute baseline for the Doppler shift studies. An example is given of a solar eruption on 7 September 2011 (SOL2011-09-07), associated with an X1.2 flare, where EVE Doppler analysis shows plasma ejected from the Sun in the He ii 30.38 nm emission at a velocity of almost \(120~\mbox{km}\,\mbox{s}^{-1}\) along the line-of-sight.


Flares, dynamics Flares, spectrum Instrumentation and data management Solar irradiance Spectrum, ultraviolet 



This work is supported through Solar Dynamics Observatory project funding at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The author would like to acknowledge the SDO and EVE operations teams that provided the maneuvers and calibration support necessary for this analysis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Solar Physics Laboratory, Heliophysics DivisionNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUnited States

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