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Paper: First Results from the Chromosphere and Prominence Magnetometer
Volume: 526, Solar Polarization Workshop 8
Page: 353
Authors: de Wijn, A. G.
Abstract: The Chromosphere and Prominence Magnetometer (ChroMag) is an instrument with the goal of quantifying the intertwined dynamics and magnetism of the solar chromosphere and prominences through synoptic imaging spectro-polarimetry of the full solar disk. The picture of chromospheric magnetism and dynamics is rapidly developing, and a pressing need exists for breakthrough measurements of the chromospheric vector magnetic field, which can be considered to represent the lower boundary of the heliospheric system. ChroMag will provide measurements that will enable scientists to study and better understand the energetics of the solar atmosphere, how prominences are formed, how energy is stored in the magnetic field structure of the atmosphere, and how it is released during space weather events like flares and coronal mass ejections. A prototype ChroMag instrument is currently deployed in Boulder, CO, USA. We present an overview of the instrument capabilities, a progress update on the ChroMag development, and show initial results.
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