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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 131, Number 3, September 1998
Page(s) 431 - 433
Published online 15 September 1998
DOI: 10.1051/aas:1998280

Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 131, 431-433

A catalogue of accurate wavelengths in the optical spectrum of the Sun[*]

C. Allende Prieto - R.J. García López

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Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, E-38200 La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain

Received January 19; accepted March 18, 1998


We present accurate measurements of the central wavelengths of 4947 atomic absorption lines in the solar optical spectrum. The wavelengths, precise to a level $\sim 50-150$ m s-1, are given for both flux and disc-centre spectra, as measured in relatively recent FTS solar atlases. This catalogue modernizes existing sources based on photographic measurements and provides a benchmark to test and perform wavelength calibrations of astronomical spectra. It will also permit observers to improve the absolute wavelength calibration of solar optical spectra when lamps are not available at the telescope.

Key words: line: identification -- techniques: spectroscopic -- catalogs -- Sun: photosphere

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