Structures in the outer solar atmosphere

Fletcher, L. , Cargill, P. J., Antiochos, S. K. and Gudiksen, B. V. (2014) Structures in the outer solar atmosphere. Space Science Reviews, 188(1-4), pp. 211-249. (doi:10.1007/s11214-014-0111-1)

Fletcher, L. , Cargill, P. J., Antiochos, S. K. and Gudiksen, B. V. (2014) Structures in the outer solar atmosphere. Space Science Reviews, 188(1-4), pp. 211-249. (doi:10.1007/s11214-014-0111-1)

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Abstract

The structure and dynamics of the outer solar atmosphere are reviewed with emphasis on the role played by the magnetic field. Contemporary observations that focus on high resolution imaging over a range of temperatures, as well as UV, EUV and hard X-ray spectroscopy, demonstrate the presence of a vast range of temporal and spatial scales, mass motions, and particle energies present. By focussing on recent developments in the chromosphere, corona and solar wind, it is shown that small scale processes, in particular magnetic reconnection, play a central role in determining the large-scale structure and properties of all regions. This coupling of scales is central to understanding the atmosphere, yet poses formidable challenges for theoretical models.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11214-014-0111-1
Keywords:Sun, Corona, Hard X-rays
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fletcher, Professor Lyndsay
Authors: Fletcher, L., Cargill, P. J., Antiochos, S. K., and Gudiksen, B. V.
Subjects:Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Research Group:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Journal Name:Space Science Reviews
Publisher:Springer Netherlands
ISSN:0038-6308
ISSN (Online):1572-9672
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
First Published:First published in Space Science Reviews 188 (1-4):211-249
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
542081Rolling Programme in Solar and Plasma AstrophysicsLyndsay FletcherScience & Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)ST/I001808/1P&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY