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Coronal electron velocity and temperature from Thomson scattered visible light
Author(s): Joseph M. Davila; Nelson L. Reginald; O. C. St. Cyr
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Paper Abstract

The measurements of velocity and temperature of coronal electrons are of immense importance to the study of coronal dynamics, especially in the low solar corona. In this lies interesting physics yet to fully explain the theoretical reasoning for the million degree hot coronal plasma and the cause for the initial acceleration of this coronal plasma. In this regard it would be equally important if both of these coronal electron parameters, namely the velocity and the temperature of these coronal electrons, could be determined simultaneously and globally all around the low solar corona. The purpose of this paper is twin fold. First, to lay out an instrumental procedure that allows for the measurement of a coronal signature that could measure all around the low solar corona simultaneously. Second, to describe a theoretical procedure that allows for deriving both the coronal electron temperature and its bulk flow velocity from the measured coronal signature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5901, Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation, 590107 (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.618659
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph M. Davila, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Nelson L. Reginald, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
O. C. St. Cyr, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5901:
Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation
Silvano Fineschi; Rodney A. Viereck, Editor(s)

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