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Physical properties of a sunspot chromosphere with umbral flashes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
2013 (English)In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 556, A115- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We present new high-resolution spectro-polarimetric Ca II lambda 8542 observations of umbral flashes in sunspots. At nearly 0 ''.18, and spanning about one hour of continuous observation, this is the most detailed dataset published thus far. Our study involves both LTE and non-LTE inversions (but includes also a weak field analysis as a sanity check) to quantify temperatures, mass flows and the full magnetic field vector geometry. We confirm earlier reports that UFs have very fine structure with hot and cool material intermixed at sub-arcsecond scales. The shock front is roughly 1000 K hotter than the surrounding material. We do not observe significant fluctuations of the field in the umbra. In the penumbra, however, the passage of the running penumbral waves alter the magnetic field strength by some 200 G (peak-to-peak amplitude) but it does not change the field orientation (at least not significantly within our sensitivity of a few degrees). From a fast Fourier transform analysis, we find a trend of decreasing power at high temporal frequencies at those locations with more horizontal magnetic fields, for the line-of-sight velocity and magnetic field strength. In the outer penumbra we find an absence of high frequency power while there is increasingly more power at high frequencies towards the umbra.

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2013. Vol. 556, A115- p.
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Sun: chromosphere, sunspots, Sun: magnetic topology, radiative transfer, polarization, Sun: infrared
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208663DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321629ISI: 000323893500115OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208663DiVA: diva2:653975
Available from: 2013-10-07 Created: 2013-10-07 Last updated: 2013-10-07Bibliographically approved

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