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Instrument details
Acronym MDI
Full name Michelson Doppler Imager
Purpose High resolution imaging of velocity oscillations, indicators of Sun's internal processes
Short description Imaging spectrometer to measure line-of-sight velocity by Doppler shift of Ni I 6768 Å line profile, transverse velocity by local correlation tracking, line and continuum intensity, and line-of-sight magnetic fields
Background Part of a package of instruments to observe the solar atmosphere
Scanning Technique Sun pointing from the L1 Lagrange libration point
Resolution 1000 km at Sun surface
Coverage / Cycle Full solar disk at 1 min intervals
Mass Power Data Rate 40 kbps

 

Providing Agency NASA
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 1996 to ≥2020
Last update: 2017-05-19
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 electric field
  • Solar magnetic field
  • Solar velocity fields
Secondary mission objectives
  • Solar VIS image
Opportunity objectives
  • Solar VIS flux spectrum
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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 VIS flux spectrum1 - primaryNo specific limitation.High spectral resolution, moderate dynamic range, polarimetry and Doppler shift exploited
Solar VIS image1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Spectrometry with high spatial resolution, polarimetry and Doppler shift exploited
Solar magnetic field1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Spectrometry with high spatial resolution, polarimetry and Doppler shift exploited
Solar electric field1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Spectrometry with high spatial resolution, polarimetry and Doppler shift exploited
Solar velocity fields1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Spectrometry with high spatial resolution, polarimetry and Doppler shift exploited