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Auto-Calibration of Remote Sensing Solar Telescopes with Deep Learning

As a part of NASA’s Heliophysics System Observatory (HSO) fleet of satellites,the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has continuously monitored the Sun since2010. Ultraviolet (UV) and Extreme UV (EUV) instruments in orbit, such asSDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument, suffer time-dependent degradation which reduces instrument sensitivity. Accurate calibration for (E)UV instruments currently depends on periodic sounding rockets, which are infrequent and not practical for heliophysics missions in deep space. In the present work, we develop a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) that auto-calibrates SDO/AIA channels and corrects sensitivity degradation by exploiting spatial patterns in multi-wavelength observations to arrive at a self-calibration of (E)UV imaging instruments. Our results remove a major impediment to developing future HSOmissions of the same scientific caliber as SDO but in deep space, able to observe the Sun from more vantage points than just SDO’s current geosynchronous orbit.This approach can be adopted to perform autocalibration of other imaging systems exhibiting similar forms of degradation


Brad Neuberg, Souvik Bose, Valentina Salvatelli, Luiz F.G. dos Santos, Mark Cheung, Miho Janvier, Atilim Gunes Baydin, Yarin Gal, Meng Jin
Machine Learning and the Physical Sciences Workshop (ML4PS), NeurIPS 2019
[arXiv]

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