AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 111 Solar Activity
Poster, Wednesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 11, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[111.07] Heating the Solar Corona: Observations for Model Boundary Conditions

C. M. Nestlerode, A. I. Poland (George Mason University)

A prominent question in solar physics concerns the sources of coronal heating. This problem can be addressed through observations of closed magnetic loops which have high enough density to provide adequate temporal, spatial, and spectral resolution. Measurements of temperature, density, and velocity throughout the loop can be used for boundary conditions and compared with quantities for model calculations. In this paper, we present Solar Ultraviolet Measurements from Emitted Radiation (SUMER) data from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory's (SOHO's) JOP 161 program. The SUMER instrument has high spatial and spectral resolution over several different spectral lines and therefore the data cover a large temperature range. The analyzed lines include Mg VIII, Mg IX, N III, N IV, Ne VIII, O IV, O V, S IV, S V, and S X with temperatures ranging from 60,000 K (S IV) to 0.9 MK (Mg IX). The velocity profiles are created using Gaussian fitting with wavelength calibration determined using average quiet Sun velocities from known Doppler velocity shifts. The velocity profiles show important changes in solar foot point plasma speed both spatially and temporally. This analysis builds on previous analysis of solar spectral lines observed with the SOHO Coronal Diagnostic Spectrometer (CDS); the advantage of the SUMER instrument is better resolution, both spectrally and spatially. This work was funded by NASA, Living with a Star Program.

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