Hinode is due for launch in 2006 on an ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science)
M V rocket. It will be placed in a polar sun-synchronous orbit with an inclination of 97.9
degrees. The nominal mission lifetime is 3 years. The 3 instruments will work together as an
A brief summary of each instrument is given below with more details available from the links
The instrument payload consists of:
Solar Optical Telescope (SOT)
This will be the first large optical telescope flown in space. Its aperture is 50cm and angular
resolution achieved will be 0.25" (175km on the Sun) covering a wavelength range of 480-650nm.
SOT also includes the Focal Plane Package (FPP) vector magnetograph and spectrograph. The vector
magnetograph will provide time series of photospheric vector magnetograms, Doppler velocity and
Magnetic lines: Fe I 525.0nm, Fe I 630.2nm, Continuum:524.6nm, Velocity: Fe I 532.4nm
The FPP spectrograph has a spectral resolution of 2.0nm and provides detailed Stokes line profiles
Magnetic sensitivity: B(longitudinal): 1-5G, B(transverse): 30-50G
Temporal resolution: 5 mins
of intensity and polarization.
X-ray Telescope (XRT)
XRT will provide coronal images at different temperatures, both full disk and partial fields of view.
Temperature range: 6.1 < log T < 7.5
There will be a flare trigger.
Temperature discrimination: log T=0.2
Angular resolution: 2"
Temporal resolution: cadence=2s (reduced FOV), exposure time: min=4ms, max=10s
FOV: Full disk (>30 arc min)
The telescope is an off-axis paraboloid design, with focal length 1.9m and mirror diameter 150mm.
EIS has a total length of 3m. Multilayer toroidal gratings disperse the spectrum onto 2 detectors
covering 40A each.
Wavelength range: 170-210A and 250-290 A (the reflectivity of the multilayers restrict the
EIS will provide monochromatic images of the transition region and corona at high cadence using
performance below 180A and above 204A)
Angular resolution: 2". Four slit/slot positions are available - 1" slit, 2" slit, 40" slot and 266".
Spectral/Velocity resolution: 3km/s for Doppler velocities, 20km/s for line widths
In spectrosocopy mode: < 1s in dynamic events ~ 10s in active regions
In imaging mode: monochromatic imaging of an active region (~4x4 arc min) in 3s for dynamic events, 10s otherwise.
a slot. High spectral resolution images can be obtained by rastering with a slit.
EIS will be able to response to XRT's trigger. In addition it will have internal triggers - a
flare trigger and a brightpoint trigger. It will also be able to have automatic exposure control
for the slots.
Last Revised: Monday, 24-Jul-2008
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