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Instrument details
Acronym AIA
Full name Atmospheric Imaging Assembly
Purpose Solar activity monitoring by imaging in the EUV, UV and VIS bands
Short description Imaging fluxmeter with four telescopes, each with 7 channels in the EUV range 9-34 nm [including Fe-IX at 17.1 nm, Fe-XII at 19.5 nm, Fe-XV at 28.4 nm, and He-II at 30.4 nm], two in the UV range 160-170 nm, and one in VIS
Background Part of a package of instruments to monitor solar activity
Scanning Technique Sun pointing from a geosynchronous (inclined) orbit
Resolution 750 km at the Sun surface
Coverage / Cycle Full solar disk at 10 s intervals
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Providing Agency NASA
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2010-05-14 to ≥2020
Last update: 2017-11-29
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

Note: a red tag indicates satellites no longer operational, a green tag indicates operational satellites, a blue tag indicates future satellites

Instrument classification
  • Solar and space environment monitors
  • Solar activity monitor
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Solar EUV image
  • Solar UV image
Secondary mission objectives
  • Solar EUV flux
  • Solar UV flux
  • Solar VIS image
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Solar EUV flux2 - very highNo specific limitation.Several channels, moderate dynamic range
Solar EUV image3 - highNo specific limitation.Fluxmetry with high spatial resolution
Solar UV flux4 - fairNo specific limitation.Few channels, moderate dynamic range
Solar UV image3 - highNo specific limitation.Fluxmetry with high spatial resolution
Solar VIS flux3 - highNo specific limitation.Wide dynamic range
Solar VIS image3 - highNo specific limitation.Fluxmetry with high spatial resolution
Solar white light image3 - highNo specific limitation.Fluxmetry with high spatial resolution, good coverage of the VIS range