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Why do we need high-resolution observations of the sun?
Author(s): Judith T. Karpen
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Paper Abstract

To make progress on major unsolved problems in solar physics (e.g., coronal heating, eruptive flare/CME initiation, solar wind initiation), we must observe on scales relevant to the underlying physical processes and their signatures. In this review I discuss the factors determining the structure of magnetic fields and plasmas in the Sun’s outer atmosphere, the key observable signatures of the relevant processes and properties, and the instrumental capabilities necessary to detect and measure these signatures. The primary emphasis is on state-of-the-art theoretical and numerical predictions, which often are the only means by which we can estimate the complex time-dependent evolution of the underlying physical mechanisms and their local and global effects on the corona.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4853, Innovative Telescopes and Instrumentation for Solar Astrophysics, (11 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460360
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Judith T. Karpen, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4853:
Innovative Telescopes and Instrumentation for Solar Astrophysics
Stephen L. Keil; Sergey V. Avakyan, Editor(s)

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