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MISOLFA solar monitor for the ground PICARD program


Developed at the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA) within the framework of the PICARD space mission (Thuillier et al., 2006) and with support from the french spatial agency (CNES), MISOLFA (Moniteur d'Images Solaires Franco-Algérien) is a new generation of daytime turbulence monitor. Its objective is to measure both the spatial and temporal turbulence parameters in order to quantify their effects on the solar diameter measurements that will be made from ground using the qualification model of the SODISM (SOlar Diameter Imager and Surface Mapper) instrument onboard PICARD. The comparison of simultaneous images from ground and space should allow us, with the help of the solar monitor, to find the best procedure possible to measure solar diameter variations from ground on the long term. MISOLFA is now installed at the Calern facility of OCA and PICARD is scheduled to be launched in 2010.We present here the principles of the instrument and the first results obtained on the characteristics of the turbulence observed at Calern observatory using this monitor while waiting for the launch of the space mission.
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hal-00565371 , version 1 (11-02-2011)


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T. Corbard, Abdanour Irbah, P. Assus, Christophe Dufour, M. Fodil, et al.. MISOLFA solar monitor for the ground PICARD program. Astronomical Notes / Astronomische Nachrichten, 2010, AN 331 (9-10), pp.58. ⟨hal-00565371⟩
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