Ten-Year Results of Solar Optical Telescope (SOT) Onboard Hinode

  • Yoshinori Suematsu
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 449)


Since the scientific operation of Hinode started at the end of 2006 October, the Solar Optical Telescope onboard Hinode has provided unprecedentedly high-resolution and high-precision data on the magnetized solar photosphere and chromosphere. I review the achievements enabled by SOT observations in its first decade in terms of the Hinode’s scientific goals, such as understanding the formation and heating mechanism of the outer atmosphere and basic plasma processes such as magnetic reconnection occurring there.


Hinode SOT Sun: photosphere Sun: chromosphere Sun: magnetic field 



I am much obliged to all those who actively contributed to the developments and completion of the Hinode SOT and the daily science operation of Hinode. I would like to thank the editors for their useful suggestion to improve the manuscript and Editage ( for English language editing. Hinode is a Japanese mission developed and launched by ISAS/JAXA, in collaboration with NAOJ as a domestic partner and NASA and STFC (UK) as international partners. Scientific operation of the Hinode mission is conducted by the Hinode science team organized at ISAS/JAXA. This team consists mainly of scientists from institutes in the partner countries. Support for postlaunch operation is provided by JAXA and NAOJ (Japan), STFC, NASA, ESA, and NSC (Norway).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Astronomical Observatory of JapanMitaka, TokyoJapan

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