About the project
"Norwegian participation in the Japanese Hinode satellite" is a project funded by the Research Council of Norway for 2008-2013.
The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA) at the University of Oslo has since the summer 2000 participated in the development and construction of the major international solar experiment, the Japanese Hinode (formally known as Solar B) satellite. With this project Norway upholds its commitments to the Hinode collaboration in the important scientific harvesting phase that was begun with the acquisition of the first scientific data in November 2006.
The institutes’ observational effort has a long heritage through participation in the Naval Research Laboratory’s “High Resolution Telescope and Spectrograph” (HRTS) mission in the mid to late 1980’s and later in the 1990’s to present through participation in the European Space Agency (ESA)/ National Aerospace and Space Administration (NASA) “Solar and Heliospheric Observatory” (SOHO) and in the last few years with Hinode itself. This project is a follow up on the observational heritage and expertize acquired at ITA during the last decades both in analysis software design, scientific operation support and in data analysis, it is also a continuation of the NFR project 170926 “Norwegian Participation in the Solar B Satellite” that was active during 2006 – 2008.
The primary goal of the Hinode mission is to advance the understanding of the origin of the outer solar atmosphere, and in particular the coupling between the fine magnetic structure in the photosphere and the dynamic processes occurring in the corona. The subject area is central to our expertize and scientific activities over a number of years. Norwegian participation in Hinode is furthermore essential in order to develop our scientific and operational competence in space solar physics. ITA has during the last 15 – 20 years expended considerable effort in exploring dynamical phenomena in the outer solar atmosphere and their connection with processes in the layers below. Activities in solar physics at ITA include both theory and modelling, and observational activities such as data analysis and participation in instrumentation.