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The solar irradiance spectrum at solar activity minimum between solar cycles 23 and 24

: Thuillier, G.; Bolsée, D.; Schmidtke, G.; Foujols, T.; Nikutowski, B.; Shapiro, A.I.; Brunner, R.; Weber, M.; Erhardt, C.; Hersé, M.; Gillotay, D.; Peetermans, W.; Decuyper, W.; Pereira, N.; Haberreiter, M.; Mandel, H.; Schmutz, W.


Solar physics 289 (2014), Nr.6, S.1931-1958
ISSN: 0038-0938
ISSN: 1573-093X
Fraunhofer IPM ()
space station; solar spectrum; solar minimum; SolACES; SOLSPEC

On 7 February 2008, the SOLAR payload was placed onboard the International Space Station. It is composed of three instruments, two spectrometers and a radiometer. The two spectrometers allow us to cover the 16  2900 nm spectral range. In this article, we first briefly present the instrumentation, its calibration and its performance in orbit. Second, the solar spectrum measured during the transition between Solar Cycles 23 to 24 at the time of the minimum is shown and compared with other data sets. Its accuracy is estimated as a function of wavelength and the solar atmosphere brightness-temperature is calculated and compared with those derived from two theoretical models.