EST - European Solar Telescope

The European Solar Telescope (EST) is a pan-european project, presently in its Conceptual Design Study financed by the European Commission, involving 29 partners, plus 7 collaborating institutions, from 14 different countries. EST is included in the AstroNet science vision roadmap.

EST is a project promoted by the European Association for Solar Telescopes (EAST), a consortium with the aim, among others, of undertaking the development of the telescope, to keep Europe in the frontier of Solar Physics. To date, EAST has members from 15 European countries.

EST is a 4-meter class solar telescope, to be located in the Canary Islands. It will be optimised for studies of the magnetic coupling between the deep photosphere and upper chromosphere. This will require diagnostics of the thermal, dynamic and magnetic properties of the plasma over many scale heights, by using multiple wavelength imaging, spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry. To achieve these goals, EST will specialize in high spatial and temporal resolution using instruments that can efficiently produce two-dimensional spectral information.