SOLAR ATMOSPHERIC MAGNETIC ENERGY COUPLING: BROAD PLASMA CONDITIONS AND SPECTRUM REGIMES

N. Brice Orange, David L. Chesny, Bruce Gendre, David C. Morris, Hakeem M. Oluseyi

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Abstract

Solar variability investigations that include magnetic energy coupling are paramount to solving many key solar/stellar physics problems, particularly for understanding the temporal variability of magnetic energy redistribution and heating processes. Using three years of observations from the Solar Dynamics Observatory's Atmospheric Imaging Assembly and Heliosemic Magnetic Imager, we measured radiative and magnetic fluxes from gross features and at full-disk scales, respectively. Magnetic energy coupling analyses support radiative flux descriptions via the plasma heating connectivity of dominant (magnetic) and diffuse components, specifically of the predominantly closed-field corona. Our work shows that this relationship favors an energetic redistribution efficiency across large temperature gradients, and potentially sheds light on the long-standing issue of diffuse unresolved low corona emission. The close connection between magnetic energy redistribution and plasma conditions revealed by this work lends significant insight into the field of stellar physics, as we have provided possible means for probing distant sources in currently limited and/or undetectable radiation distributions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number257
Number of pages14
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Volume833
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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