LASCO/EIT Description

LASCO/EIT consists of two experiments on the SOHO spacecraft, which was launched on 2 Dec 1995 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The LASCO experiment is a set of three coronagraph telescopes that will record white light images of the solar corona from 1.1 through 30 solar radii. It also will record spectral images of the solar corona from 1.1 to 3.0 solar radii. The questions of coronal physics that are to be addressed by LASCO are

The LASCO experiment will investigate the following:

LASCO was built by a consortium of four US and European institutions:

NRL is the principal investigator institution and was responsible for the C3 coronagraph, which images the corona from about 3.5 to 30 solar radii. It was also responsible for the cameras, the Fabry-Perot interferometer and the electronics .

DSR was responsible for the telescope structure. It was also responsible for the boresight telescopes and the pointing leg mechanisms.

LAS was responsible for the C2 coronagraph, which images the corona from about 1.5 to 6 solar radii. It was also responsible for the filter and polarizer wheel mechanisms and the shutter mechanisms for all three telescopes.

MPAe was responsible for the C1 coronagraph, which images the corona from 1.1 to 3 solar radii. It was also responsible for the door mechanisms and focus mechanisms for all the telescopes.

All institutions as well as other co-investigators will share in the analyses.

The EIT telescope is an extreme ultraviolet imaging telescope, that will return EUV images of the sun in one of four wavelengths. EIT was also built by a consortium of European and US institutions:

IAS is the principal investigator institution and was responsible for the optics and the thin film filters.

CSL was responsible for the structure.

LAS was responsible for the filter wheel, sector wheel and the shutter mechanisms.

MPAe was responsible for the door mechanism.

NRL was responsible for the camera and for the electronics support, which was combined with the LASCO electronics.