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STEREO Instruments

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arrow The following four instrument packages are mounted on each of the two STEREO spacecraft:

Sun Earth Connection Coronal and Heliospheric Investigation (SECCHI)

Comprised of four instruments: an extreme ultraviolet imager, two white-light coronagraphs and a heliospheric imager. These instruments study the 3-D evolution of CME's from birth at the Sun's surface through the corona and interplanetary medium to its eventual impact at Earth. Principal Investigator: Dr. Russell Howard, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.

List of Institutions involved.

The following institutions are involved in the development of the SECCHI instruments on board the two STEREO spacecraft.

  • Naval Research Laboratory
  • NASA GSFC
  • Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL)
  • Max-Planck Institute fur Aeronomie (MPAe)
  • Unversity of Kiel
  • University of Birmingham
  • Rutherford Appleton Labs (RAL)
  • University College London, Mullard Space Science Laboratory
  • Institut d'Optique Theoretique et Appliquee (IOTA)
  • Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS)
  • Certre Spatial de Liege (CSL)
  • Boston College
  • Space Test Program
  • Swales Aerospace
  • HYTEC Incorporated
  • Silver Engineering, Inc. (SEI)
  • Praxis, Inc.
  • The Hammers Company
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Royal Observatory of Belgium
  • Observatoire de Paris
  • Laboratoire d'Astronomie Spatiale
  • Computational Physics, Inc. (CPI)
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  • Stanford University Solar Observations Group
  • University of Michigan
  • Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
  • High Altitude Observatory

STEREO/WAVES (SWAVES)

SWAVES is an interplanetary radio burst tracker that traces the generation and evolution of traveling radio disturbances from the Sun to the orbit of Earth. Principal Investigator Dr. Jean Louis H. Bougeret, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Observatory of Paris, and Co-Investigator Dr. Robert J. Macdowall of Goddard, lead the investigation.

List of Institutions involved.

The following institutions are involved in the development of the SWAVES instruments on board the two STEREO spacecraft.

  • Observatoire de Paris
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of California, Berkeley

In-situ Measurements of Particles and CME Transients (IMPACT)

IMPACT sample the 3-D distribution and provide plasma characteristics of solar energetic particles and the local vector magnetic field. Principal Investigator: Dr. Janet G. Luhmann, University of California, Berkeley.

List of Institutions involved.

The following institutions are involved in the development of the IMPACT instruments on board the two STEREO spacecraft.

  • University of California, Berkeley - Space Sciences Laboratory
  • NASA GSFC
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Kiel
  • Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements (CESR)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Max Planck Institut fuer Aeronomie
  • ESTEC-European Space Agency
  • DESPA Observatoire de Paris-Meudon
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  • NOAA Space Environment Center
  • University of Michigan
  • KFKI-Hungarian Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physiscs

PLAsma and SupraThermal Ion Composition (PLASTIC)

PLASTIC provide plasma characteristics of protons, alpha particles and heavy ions. This experiment will provide key diagnostic measurements of the form of mass and charge state composition of heavy ions and characterize the CME plasma from ambient coronal plasma. Principal Investigator: Dr. Antoinette Galvin, University of New Hampshire.

List of Institutions involved.

The following institutions are involved in the development of the PLASTIC instruments on board the two STEREO spacecraft.

  • University of New Hampshire (UNH)
  • University of Bern (UBe)
  • Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics (MPE)
  • University of Kiel (UKiel)
  • NASA GSFC

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