We are pleased to announce the 1st VELC/Aditya-L1 Science Workshop to be held in the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory (KSO) of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) during 8 - 10 June 2022.

Aditya-L1 spacecraft, designed for providing remote observations of the solar corona and in situ observations of the solar wind at L1 (Sun-Earth Lagrangian point), will be the first dedicated Indian space mission for observations of the Sun to be launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC) is among the seven payloads onboard Aditya-L1. This workshop is to gather solar researchers in the country and discuss the outstanding problems in the coronal, solar wind, and CME physics that could be addressed using VELC observations and other available data sets.

The lead institute for the VELC payload is IIA. VELC payload will image the solar corona with a field of view from 1.05 to 3 solar radii (heliocentric distance) in the white light. In addition, VELC will simultaneously provides spectroscopic observations in the coronal emission lines (Fe XIV 5303, Fe XI 7892, Fe XIII 10747 Angstrom) and spectro-polarimetric observations in the infrared line (Fe XIII 10747 Angstrom) in the field-of-view of 1.05 - 1.5 Rs. These observations are the key to understand the solar corona and dynamics, origin of the coronal mass ejections (CMEs) which have potential to disturb the near-Earth environment.

The aim of the workshop is to introduce VELC to the larger group of researchers in the solar and heliophysics community within the country. There would be detailed discussions on the potential science problems that could be addressed using VELC observations with possible complementary solar observations from other space / ground based facilities and modeling efforts. This activity expects to enable the participants to develop necessary tools, techniques, and scientific ideas for maximal utilization of VELC observations.

There is no registration fee to participate in the workshop. Lodging and boarding will be provided in the KSO guest house.

Limited travel support will be provided to students and researchers from the universities.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

K. Sankarasubramanian
Vaibhav Pant
K. Nagaraju
C. Kathiravan
Jagdev Singh
Bhuwan Joshi
Divya Oberoi
Sreejith Pandinhatteri