Hinode is a Japanese mission developed and launched by ISAS/JAXA, in partnership with NASA and STFC (UK).  It was launched on 2006 September 22, and has three scientific instruments: the Solar Optical Telescope (SOT), the X-Ray Telescope (XRT) and the Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS). EIS is a UK-led instrument, building on the UK's long history of pioneering work in solar ultraviolet spectroscopy. The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) is the lead institute for EIS, and RAL's contributions include instrument assembly activities, calibration, software design, thermal analysis work, science operations, in-flight calibration and science exploitation.

Artist's impression of the Hinode satellite.

Artist's impression of the Hinode satellite, showing the three scientific instruments. SOT consists of two components: the OTA and FPP.


Selected images from EIS:

RAL staff working on EIS

Dr Peter Young - project management; calibration; science
Dr Bryan Shaughnessy - thermal modelling
Dr Dave Smith - contamination
Dr John Rainnie - software development

Spectral Atlases

The following atlases show complete EIS spectra from different solar features each spread over 16 pages. Locations of significant spectral lines are indicated on the plots, but these should not be considered as definite identifications. The grey line shows the spectrum divided by a factor 10. The atlases are not intended for scientific analysis, but simply as aids for working with EIS spectra.


A complete list of  Hinode EIS publications is maintained at RAL.





This page mantained by Dr.P.R.Young, last revised on 21 Apr 2008