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  Metis/Solar Orbiter polarimetric visible light channel calibration

Casti, M., Fineschi, S., Capobianco, G., Romoli, M., Antonucci, E., Nicolini, G., et al. (2019). Metis/Solar Orbiter polarimetric visible light channel calibration. In ICSO 2018 - International Conference on Space Optics.

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Casti, M., Author
Fineschi, S., Author
Capobianco, G., Author
Romoli, M., Author
Antonucci, E., Author
Nicolini, G., Author
Naletto, G., Author
Nicolosi, P., Author
Spadaro, D., Author
Andretta, V., Author
Castronuovo, M., Author
Massone, G., Author
Susino, R., Author
Deppo, V. Da, Author
Frassetto, F., Author
Landini, F., Author
Pancrazzi, M., Author
Teriaca, Luca1, Author              
Uslenghi, M., Author
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1Department Sun and Heliosphere, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society, ou_1832289              

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 Abstract: Metis is the solar coronagraph of the ESA mission Solar Orbiter. For the first time, Metis will acquire simultaneous images of the solar corona in linearly polarized, broadband visible light (580-640 nm) and in the narrow-band HI Ly-α line (121.6 nm). The visible light path includes a polarimeter, designed to observe and analyse the K-corona linearly polarized by Thomson scattering. The polarimeter comprises a liquid crystal Polarization Modulation Package (PMP) together with a quarter-wave retarder and a linear polarizer. The Metis PMP consists of two Anti-Parallel Nematic Liquid Crystal Variable Retarders (LCVRs) with their fast axis parallel with respect to each other and a pre-tilted angle of the molecules in opposite direction. This configuration results in an instrumental wide field of view (±7°). The LCVRs provide an electro-optical modulation of the input polarized light by applying an electric field to the liquid crystal molecules inside the cells. A given optical retardance can be induced in the LCVRs by selecting a suitable voltage value. This paper reports the polarimetric characterization of the Visible-light channel for the Metis/Solar Orbiter coronagraph. The retardance-to-voltage calibration of the electro-optical polarimeter was characterized over the entire field of view of the coronagraph yielding a complete “polarimetric flat-field” of the Metis Visible-light channel.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1117/12.2536039
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Title: ICSO 2018 - International Conference on Space Optics
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