Detector Development for the Advanced Technology Solar telescope

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

In recent years, a wealth of observational data from a range of (highly successful) ground- and satellite-based solar facilities has revealed the perplexing and complex nature of the Sun's atmospheric structure and dynamics. This tremendous complexity is a result of the continuous interaction of the plasma motions with the magnetic field. To understand these interactions, we need to observe, model and interpret solar phenomena over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, and in particular establish the links between the small-scale processes and the large-scale phenomena.

Solar physics research is very strong in the UK and an area of high priority in the STFC Roadmap. The commissioning of the Rapid Oscillations in Solar Atmosphere imager in 2009 allowed the UK community to expand both its user base of ground-based solar facilities and its exploitation of data from such facilities, which can provide higher spatial and temporal resolution that their satellite-based counterparts. For the future, the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST), under construction by the US National Solar Observatory with first-light expected in 2019, will be a truly revolutionary facility for ground-based solar physics. It will operate in the optical and near-infrared and be the pre-eminent ground-based solar telescope for the foreseeable future. Key advances in its instrumentation over that currently available include ultra-high spatial (25 km on the solar surface) and temporal (millisecond) resolution, high resolution imaging spectroscopy and coronal magnetometry. The first-light science objectives of the ATST are at the core of UK solar physics research programmes, and it is clearly important for the UK community to have access to the facility to remain competitive.

Current UK-led technology has been highlighted as the best option for detectors meeting the science requirements of the ATST. In this proposal we aim to secure UK participation in the ATST and maximise the science return for the UK community at the time of first-light. This will be achieved by a joint programme, funded by STFC, a consortium of UK universities/research institute and industry (Andor Technology plc), on the development of new state-of-the-art detectors for the ATST, plus a set of software tools that will allow the optimal planning of ATST observations and the processing of the resultant datasets.

The main academic benefit for the UK will be dedicated observing time on the world-leading ATST facility, which our solar physics community will be in an excellent position to exploit. In terms of non-academic benefit, the proposed detector development will have a significant socio-economic impact and is therefore in line with the STFC strategy for economic growth through innovation. It will open new technological markets and provide growth and diversity in existing detector markets.

Planned Impact

We refer to the Impact Summary to the full PRPP proposal submission coordinated by the lead Institute (Queen Mary Belfast).

Publications


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Description As part of the UK STFC DKIST consortium Warwick PI leads the coordination of work package 2 to produce a data-analysis tool chain for solar observations. First softwares as part of the tool chain are becoming available for testing.
Exploitation Route The software developed, using IDL and Python, such as image filtering and feature extraction has elements that can be used for other science data
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Energy,Healthcare
 
Description DKIST CSP Workshop 
Organisation New Mexico State University
Country United States of America 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Team member of a series of two workshops investigating the science for DKIST
Collaborator Contribution The workshops have not begin yet, first for December 2017
Impact The workshops have not begin yet, first for December 2017 but envisage it will contribute to the planning of science exploitation of the UK/Warwick funded DKIST solar telescope
Start Year 2017
 
Description DKIST CSP Workshop 
Organisation University of Northumbria
Department Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Team member of a series of two workshops investigating the science for DKIST
Collaborator Contribution The workshops have not begin yet, first for December 2017
Impact The workshops have not begin yet, first for December 2017 but envisage it will contribute to the planning of science exploitation of the UK/Warwick funded DKIST solar telescope
Start Year 2017
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team "Towards Dynamic Solar Atmospheric Magneto-Seismology with New Generation Instrumentation" 
Organisation University of Northumbria
Department Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributing core team member
Collaborator Contribution This ISSI team has only begun, the first meeting will occur end of March 2017
Impact This ISSI team has only begun, the first meeting will occur end of March 2017. Likely outputs will be the advancement of the study of MHD waves in the solar atmosphere, the development of tools to analyse wave signature in plasmas in general, and application in preparation of analysis of data from the UK/Warwick funded DKIST solar telecope
Start Year 2017
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team "Towards Dynamic Solar Atmospheric Magneto-Seismology with New Generation Instrumentation" 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Department Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributing core team member
Collaborator Contribution This ISSI team has only begun, the first meeting will occur end of March 2017
Impact This ISSI team has only begun, the first meeting will occur end of March 2017. Likely outputs will be the advancement of the study of MHD waves in the solar atmosphere, the development of tools to analyse wave signature in plasmas in general, and application in preparation of analysis of data from the UK/Warwick funded DKIST solar telecope
Start Year 2017
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System 
Organisation ESA - ESTEC
Country Netherlands, Kingdom of the 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution team member on ISSI team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System, together with my Phd student Rebecca White, lead by Dr Claire Foullon (Univ. Exeter), with three cross-disciplinary week-long meetings, to encourage international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations made by myself and my PhD student at the meetings
Impact An extensive review paper on the topic of the team is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution team member on ISSI team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System, together with my Phd student Rebecca White, lead by Dr Claire Foullon (Univ. Exeter), with three cross-disciplinary week-long meetings, to encourage international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations made by myself and my PhD student at the meetings
Impact An extensive review paper on the topic of the team is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System 
Organisation University of Exeter
Department School of Mathematics
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution team member on ISSI team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System, together with my Phd student Rebecca White, lead by Dr Claire Foullon (Univ. Exeter), with three cross-disciplinary week-long meetings, to encourage international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations made by myself and my PhD student at the meetings
Impact An extensive review paper on the topic of the team is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System 
Organisation University of Graz
Department Institute of Physics
Country Austria, Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution team member on ISSI team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System, together with my Phd student Rebecca White, lead by Dr Claire Foullon (Univ. Exeter), with three cross-disciplinary week-long meetings, to encourage international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations made by myself and my PhD student at the meetings
Impact An extensive review paper on the topic of the team is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System 
Organisation University of Leuven
Department Department of Mathematics
Country Belgium, Kingdom of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution team member on ISSI team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System, together with my Phd student Rebecca White, lead by Dr Claire Foullon (Univ. Exeter), with three cross-disciplinary week-long meetings, to encourage international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations made by myself and my PhD student at the meetings
Impact An extensive review paper on the topic of the team is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System 
Organisation University of New Hampshire
Country United States of America 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution team member on ISSI team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System, together with my Phd student Rebecca White, lead by Dr Claire Foullon (Univ. Exeter), with three cross-disciplinary week-long meetings, to encourage international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations made by myself and my PhD student at the meetings
Impact An extensive review paper on the topic of the team is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description UK consortium: Detector Development for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope 
Organisation Andor Technology
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Funded very recently by STFC, a collaborative project to make the UK contribution to the development of the US-lead Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (now DKIST) by developing and building the camera systems for the telescope. Verwichte is the Warwick PI. Warwick has made a contribution of £100000 towards the project to guarantee early access to observing time. Warwick also contributes through the development of data analysis tools. Verwichte is the lead coordinator of the UK data-analysis work-package (WP2).
Collaborator Contribution All Universities involved contribute to the project through financial contributions (as Warwick) and through participation in work packages to develop data-analysis tools and observing strategies.
Impact A bid has been made to STFC for a PPRP grant and we have recently had confirmation that it will be funded for approximately £3M. Starting date is July 2014.
Start Year 2014
 
Description UK consortium: Detector Development for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope 
Organisation Armagh Observatory
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funded very recently by STFC, a collaborative project to make the UK contribution to the development of the US-lead Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (now DKIST) by developing and building the camera systems for the telescope. Verwichte is the Warwick PI. Warwick has made a contribution of £100000 towards the project to guarantee early access to observing time. Warwick also contributes through the development of data analysis tools. Verwichte is the lead coordinator of the UK data-analysis work-package (WP2).
Collaborator Contribution All Universities involved contribute to the project through financial contributions (as Warwick) and through participation in work packages to develop data-analysis tools and observing strategies.
Impact A bid has been made to STFC for a PPRP grant and we have recently had confirmation that it will be funded for approximately £3M. Starting date is July 2014.
Start Year 2014
 
Description UK consortium: Detector Development for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope 
Organisation Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST)
Country United States of America 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funded very recently by STFC, a collaborative project to make the UK contribution to the development of the US-lead Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (now DKIST) by developing and building the camera systems for the telescope. Verwichte is the Warwick PI. Warwick has made a contribution of £100000 towards the project to guarantee early access to observing time. Warwick also contributes through the development of data analysis tools. Verwichte is the lead coordinator of the UK data-analysis work-package (WP2).
Collaborator Contribution All Universities involved contribute to the project through financial contributions (as Warwick) and through participation in work packages to develop data-analysis tools and observing strategies.
Impact A bid has been made to STFC for a PPRP grant and we have recently had confirmation that it will be funded for approximately £3M. Starting date is July 2014.
Start Year 2014
 
Description UK consortium: Detector Development for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope 
Organisation Queen's University of Belfast
Department School of Mathematics and Physics
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funded very recently by STFC, a collaborative project to make the UK contribution to the development of the US-lead Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (now DKIST) by developing and building the camera systems for the telescope. Verwichte is the Warwick PI. Warwick has made a contribution of £100000 towards the project to guarantee early access to observing time. Warwick also contributes through the development of data analysis tools. Verwichte is the lead coordinator of the UK data-analysis work-package (WP2).
Collaborator Contribution All Universities involved contribute to the project through financial contributions (as Warwick) and through participation in work packages to develop data-analysis tools and observing strategies.
Impact A bid has been made to STFC for a PPRP grant and we have recently had confirmation that it will be funded for approximately £3M. Starting date is July 2014.
Start Year 2014
 
Description UK consortium: Detector Development for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funded very recently by STFC, a collaborative project to make the UK contribution to the development of the US-lead Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (now DKIST) by developing and building the camera systems for the telescope. Verwichte is the Warwick PI. Warwick has made a contribution of £100000 towards the project to guarantee early access to observing time. Warwick also contributes through the development of data analysis tools. Verwichte is the lead coordinator of the UK data-analysis work-package (WP2).
Collaborator Contribution All Universities involved contribute to the project through financial contributions (as Warwick) and through participation in work packages to develop data-analysis tools and observing strategies.
Impact A bid has been made to STFC for a PPRP grant and we have recently had confirmation that it will be funded for approximately £3M. Starting date is July 2014.
Start Year 2014
 
Description UK consortium: Detector Development for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope 
Organisation University of Northumbria
Department Mathematics and Information Sciences
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funded very recently by STFC, a collaborative project to make the UK contribution to the development of the US-lead Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (now DKIST) by developing and building the camera systems for the telescope. Verwichte is the Warwick PI. Warwick has made a contribution of £100000 towards the project to guarantee early access to observing time. Warwick also contributes through the development of data analysis tools. Verwichte is the lead coordinator of the UK data-analysis work-package (WP2).
Collaborator Contribution All Universities involved contribute to the project through financial contributions (as Warwick) and through participation in work packages to develop data-analysis tools and observing strategies.
Impact A bid has been made to STFC for a PPRP grant and we have recently had confirmation that it will be funded for approximately £3M. Starting date is July 2014.
Start Year 2014
 
Description UK consortium: Detector Development for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Department School of Mathematics and Statistics
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funded very recently by STFC, a collaborative project to make the UK contribution to the development of the US-lead Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (now DKIST) by developing and building the camera systems for the telescope. Verwichte is the Warwick PI. Warwick has made a contribution of £100000 towards the project to guarantee early access to observing time. Warwick also contributes through the development of data analysis tools. Verwichte is the lead coordinator of the UK data-analysis work-package (WP2).
Collaborator Contribution All Universities involved contribute to the project through financial contributions (as Warwick) and through participation in work packages to develop data-analysis tools and observing strategies.
Impact A bid has been made to STFC for a PPRP grant and we have recently had confirmation that it will be funded for approximately £3M. Starting date is July 2014.
Start Year 2014
 
Description UK consortium: Detector Development for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope 
Organisation University of St Andrews
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funded very recently by STFC, a collaborative project to make the UK contribution to the development of the US-lead Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (now DKIST) by developing and building the camera systems for the telescope. Verwichte is the Warwick PI. Warwick has made a contribution of £100000 towards the project to guarantee early access to observing time. Warwick also contributes through the development of data analysis tools. Verwichte is the lead coordinator of the UK data-analysis work-package (WP2).
Collaborator Contribution All Universities involved contribute to the project through financial contributions (as Warwick) and through participation in work packages to develop data-analysis tools and observing strategies.
Impact A bid has been made to STFC for a PPRP grant and we have recently had confirmation that it will be funded for approximately £3M. Starting date is July 2014.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Space Weather 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited speaker at the Cosmodrome in Genk, Belgium giving a seminar on the topic of "Space Weather"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.kattevennen.be/nl/cosmodrome/3/