Optical Disk Processing of Solar Images

  1. J. H. Waite Jr.,
  2. J. L. Burch and
  3. R. L. Moore
  1. Alan Title and
  2. Theodore Tarbell

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM054p0031

Solar System Plasma Physics

Solar System Plasma Physics

How to Cite

Title, A. and Tarbell, T. (2013) Optical Disk Processing of Solar Images, in Solar System Plasma Physics (eds J. H. Waite, J. L. Burch and R. L. Moore), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM054p0031

Author Information

  1. Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory, 3251 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1989

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900742

Online ISBN: 9781118664315



  • Space plasmas;
  • Sun;
  • Magnetosphere;
  • Astrophysics


The current generation of space and ground-based experiments in solar physics produces any megabyte-sized image data arrays. Optical disk technology is the leading candidate for convenient analysis, distribution, and archiving of these data. We have been developing data analysis procedures which use both analog and digital optical disks for the study of solar phenomena. The analog disks allowed us to view movies much more effectively than video tape. In particular, it has been possible to develop a PC-based movie control program for interactive analysis of movies. The digital disks make it easy to have many, very large image data bases on the computer without loading numerous tapes. Our experience indicates that both the system design and software must be developed based on studying real data. Our basic approach to learning about managing large blocks of image data is to: (1) produce, analyze, and publish the high resolution movies from observing runs at Sacramento Peak Observatory with a tunable filter and a charge coupled device (CCO) camera; (2) collaborate with the Swedish Solar Observatory to obtain high resolution movies in the solar continuum; and (3) study three-dimensional Fourier filtering techniques for hydrodynamic studies and suppression of atmospheric seeing.