Abstract

The scientific motivation, design criteria, and specifications for a new ground-based instrument to observe the Sun in the He i 1083-nm spectral line is described. The instrument employs a liquid-crystal tunable Lyot-type spectral filter and an array detector that allows the full solar disk to be observed with a time cadence of minutes. We describe the telescope’s optical and mechanical features and discuss computer interface and data-reduction procedures employed. Instrument performance during the initial year of operation of the telescope at its high-altitude site is summarized.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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