34th Solar Physics Division Meeting, June 2003
Session 24 Beyond SDO
Oral, Thursday, June 19, 2003, 1:30-3:30pm, Auditorium

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[24.04] The High Resolution Imager on the Reconnection and Microscale (RAM) Mission

J.A. Bookbinder, E.E. DeLuca, L. Golub, M. Weber (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory), J.T. Karpen (Naval Research Laboratory)

Hot, magnetized plasmas such as the solar corona have the property that much of the physics governing its activity takes place on remarkably small spatial and temporal scales, while the response to this activity occurs on large scales. Future progress on the challenging solar physics issues of eruptive flares, coronal heating and the initial of the solar wind requires observations on spatial and temporal scales relevant to the observable signatures of the underlying physical processes. These spatial and temporal domains - in the relevant temperature regimes - have been heretofore inaccessible to direct observations from Earth, with the result that theoretical efforts have relied heavily on extrapolations from more accessible regimes.

The RAM Solar-Terrestrial Probe consists of a set of carefully selected imaging and spectroscopic instruments that enable definitive studies of the dynamics and energetics of the solar corona. We present an overview of the synergism inherent in the RAM instrument suite, with emphasis on the rationale for, and the capability of, its high-resolution imager.


The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: jbookbinder@cfa.harvard.edu

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