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Interactions between HAO and the outside community (affiliate scientists) are important for maintaining and enhancing the vibrancy of HAO's science, and an essential element of our responsibilities as part of a national center. HAO is in partnership with affiliate scientists from around the world. Affiliates generally commit to visiting for a week each year and for a longer period once every three years. Affiliates can provide the important role of channeling informal advice to the HAO Director.
The mission of the High Altitude Observatory’s (HAO) visitor program is to increase our understanding of physical systems relevant to the Sun and their effects on the Earth by promoting interactions between highly qualified researchers in a supportive, enthusiastic environment. This program invites applications for short-term visits and provides financial support for these visits. Appointments are available to undergraduate and graduate students, post-graduate researchers, and established researchers seeking sabbatical leave opportunities. These appointments include:
Boulder is lucky enough to have one of the greatest concentrations of solar physics institutions in the world. For this reason, we have formed the Boulder Solar Alliance (BSA), with representation from CU/CIRES, CU/Jila, CU/LASP, NCAR/HAO, NESDIS/NGDC, NOAA-SWPC, NSO, NWRA/CoRA,and SwRI.
Our goal is to create an environment for the Boulder Solar Physics community that creates synergy, supports innovation, and explores opportunities both locally and nationally.
HAO sceintists are working with the COMET® program to develop an instructional web module on the "Physics of the aurora: earth systems". The COMET® Program is a world-wide leader in support of education and training for the environmental sciences, delivering scientifically relevant and instructionally progressive products and services.
GONG is a community-based program to conduct a detailed study of solar internal structure and dynamics using helioseismology. GONG has developed a six-station network of extremely sensitive, and stable velocity imagers located around the Earth to obtain nearly continuous observations of the Sun's "five-minute" oscillations, or pulsations. HAO operates the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory (MLSO) which is part of the GONG Network.
HINODE (Sunrise in Japanese), sometimes referred to by its pre-launch name Solar-B, is an international space observatory that carries advanced instrumentation for solar observations. Hinode was developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in collaboration with NASA and PPARC in the UK. HAO contributed to the development of the focal plane instrumentation of the Solar Optical Telescope (with principal responsibility for the spectro-polarimeter), to the calibration of the instruments, and now to the investigation of solar magnetism. With this advanced instrumentation HINODE can perform precise, high-resolution measurements of the vector magnetic field at the solar surface and follow the evolution of magnetic structures as small as 200 km.
National Solar Observatory,through partnerships, conducting solar research, and educational and public outreach, aims to advance knowledge of the Sun, both as an astronomical object and as the dominant external influence on Earth, by providing forefront observational opportunities to the research community. The National Solar Observatory has two observing facility locations:
Kitt Peak, Arizona and Sacramento Peak, New Mexico.