Future Prospects for Solar EUV and Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy Missions

Peter R. Young*

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Future prospects for solar spectroscopy missions operating in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and soft X-ray (SXR) wavelength ranges, 1.2–1,600 Å, are discussed. NASA is the major funder of Solar Physics missions, and brief summaries of the opportunities for mission development under NASA are given. Upcoming major solar missions from other nations are also described. The methods of observing the Sun in the two wavelength ranges are summarized with a discussion of spectrometer types, imaging techniques and detector options. The major spectral features in the EUV and SXR regions are identified, and then the upcoming instruments and concepts are summarized. The instruments range from large spectrometers on dedicated missions, to tiny, low-cost CubeSats launched through rideshare opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number662790
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalFrontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes


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