PARTICIPATION IN THE SCIENCE PREPARATIONS FOR THE SECCHI EXPERIMENT ON STEREO

The scientific team of the SECCHI experiment is working on the development of tools for scientific analysis of SECCHI data in the areas of 3D reconstruction; general visualization of combined observations and theoretical models; MHD codes for the solar wind, heliospheric magnetic structure, and CME and transient event models; and space weather. We invite interested outside members of the international scientific community to join these efforts directed to development of publicly available analysis tools before launch of STEREO. Since the STEREO spacecraft will be separating from Earth at a continuous rate, it will be important that the analysis tools are available to determine if the observations have been optimized for the current separation.

The most effective way to proceed is to join one of the exisiting SECCHI science teams. This will ensure that we are fully aware of your work and that you are aware of our own efforts, and result in a coordinated approach to our common goals. You can look at our SECCHI web page at stereo.nrl.navy.mil for information on our team efforts, and email your interests to the stereo PI, at stereo-pi@stereo.nrl.navy.mil

Please note: (1) There is no money available from us for your work; you will need to find your support elsewhere. (2) Participation in this work does not reserve any future scientific investigation or observational data to your exclusive use. (3) The real benefit to you is your integration into the SECCHI team before launch, and the obvious head start you gain in the post-launch science work!

The goal of our science preparations is to have scientific analysis tools ready, beyond the simple reduction of the SECCHI observations to usable, calibrated data. You may note that the STEREO data policy is that none of the STEREO data is proprietary, and so will be available to anyone for analysis. The SECCHI team intends to have all images available as soon as possible after collection. Various data sets will be generated, such as FITS files of the individual images, movies, and synoptic maps. IDL procedures will be available to perform the calibration of the images. All procedures and data files necessary for the calibration will be publicly available.