The Metis experiment

The Metis experiment is an international collaboration led by the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) and supported by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), involving several Universities in Italy and research institutes in the world.

The Italian scientific team of solar space physics, formed during the development and operations of SOHO/UVCS, is responsible for the Metis concept and optical design. The Metis project is funded by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and by INAF.

Two significant international contributions are acknowledged. The Max Planck Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (MPS), in Göttingen, Germany, and the Astronomical Institute of the Science Academy (AIAS) of the Czech Republic, in Prague, contribute the detectors and the mirrors of the Metis coronagraph, respectively. The manufacture of the mirrors has been assigned to TopTec.

Metis is part of the scientific program coordinated by Barbara Negri, ASI Head of Exploration and Observation of the Universe. The Metis Program Manager of the Italian Space Agency is Marco Castronuovo, co-adiuvated by Alessandro Gabrielli and Roberto Bertacin. The ASI Metis Project Scientist is Marco Stangalini.

Metis team acknowledges the fundamental support of the ESA Solar Orbiter Payload manager, Filippo Marliani, during the instrument development.