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Session 7 - Corona II.
Oral session, Saturday, June 28
Ballroom A, Chair: Fran Bagenal

[7.01] How is the Solar Corona Heated ?

E. R. Priest (St Andrews University)

Trying to determine which mechanisms are heating the corona is one of the main aims of the SOHO mission. A summary is given of the mechanisms that have been proposed together with the observational properties that have so far been determined. A new technique for determining the heating mechanisms is presented together with the results from applying it to Yohkoh data and SOHO data - it gives powerful evidence in favour of one particular mechanism for most of the corona. The technique provides a strong implication as to what observations could be most usefully made from SOHO and what theoretical developments of the different mechanisms are required in future.

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