Abstract

The radiometric calibration of the solar telescope and spectrometer SUMERwas carried out in the laboratory before delivery of the instrument for integration into the SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) spacecraft. Although this effort led to a reasonable coverage of the wavelength range from 53.70 to 146.96 nm, uncalibrated portions of the sensitivity curves remained before SUMER became operational in early 1996. Thereafter it was possible to perform extrapolations and interpolations of the calibration curves of detector A to shorter, longer, and intermediate wavelengths by using emission line pairs with known intensity ratios. The spectra of the stars α and ρ Leonis were also observed on the KBr (potassium bromide) photocathode and the bare microchannel plate (MCP) in the range from 120 to 158 nm. In addition, the sensitivity ratios of the KBr photocathode to the bare MCP were determined for many solar lines as well as the H i Lyman and the thermal continua. The results have been found to be consistent with published laboratory data. The uncertainty is ±15% (1 σ) in the wavelength range from 54 to 125 nm.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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