Implementing AIA response functions in SunPy
Solar physics uses the CHIANTI atomic physics database to obtain properties about various elements and ionisation states. By using observed elemental abundances and ionization states, one can use CHIANTI to obtain synthetic spectra of solar plasma of various features which informs a response function used by the observational instruments themselves. This response function is vital to understanding observations.
The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) is a multi-wavelength imager on the Solar Dynamics Observatory, specifically looking at the solar corona to understand magnetic processes.
This project aims to use SunPy to infer plasma properties like temperature and density by
developing the routines necessary to calculate two response functions for the AIA using python and ChiantiPy:
- Wavelength response functions: calculate the amount of flux per wavelength measured by AIA
- Temperature response functions: calculate the sensitivity of light from the plasma per temperature measured by AIA