Polarization calibration of the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)

Schou, J., Borrero, J.M., Norton, A.A., Tomczyk, S., Elmore, D., and Card, G.L. (2012) Polarization calibration of the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Solar Physics, 275 (1-2). pp. 327-355.

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As part of the overall ground-based calibration of the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) instrument an extensive set of polarimetric calibrations were performed. This paper describes the polarimetric design of the instrument, the test setup, the polarimetric model, the tests performed, and some results. It is demonstrated that HMI achieves an accuracy of 1% or better on the crosstalks between Q, U, and V and that our model can reproduce the intensities in our calibration sequences to about 0.4%. The amount of depolarization is negligible when the instrument is operated as intended which, combined with the flexibility of the polarimeter design, means that the polarimetric efficiency is excellent.

Item ID: 16147
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: instrumentation and data management, magnetic fields, photosphere, Solar Dynamics Observatory
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© The Author(s) 2010. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.

ISSN: 1573-093X
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2011 05:36
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