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Volume 422, Number 2, August I 2004
Page(s) 693 - 701
Section The Sun
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20040136

A&A 422, 693-701 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20040136

Thermal-magnetic relation in a sunspot and a map of its Wilson depression

S. K. Mathew1, 2, S. K. Solanki1, A. Lagg1, M. Collados2, J. M. Borrero1 and S. Berdyugina3

1  Max-Planck-Institut für Aeronomie, 37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
    e-mail: [solanki;lagg;borrero]@linmpi.mpg.de
2  Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
    e-mail: shibu;mcv@ll.iac.es
3  Institut für Astronomie, ETH, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
    e-mail: sveta@astro.phys.ethz.ch

(Received 22 July 2003 / Accepted 31 March 2004 )

We present relations between thermal and magnetic quantities in a simple, isolated sunspot, as deduced from the inversion of 1.56  $\mu$m spectropolarimetric data. We used a combination of two infrared $\ion{Fe}{i}$ lines at 15 648.5 Åand 15 652.8 Å in the inversions. Due to the high Zeeman sensitivity of these lines, we can study this relationship in the entire sunspot. The relevant parameters were derived both as a function of location within the sunspot and of height in the atmosphere using an inversion technique based on response functions. In this paper we relate the magnetic vector with temperature. We find a non-linear relationship between the various components of the magnetic vector and temperature, which confirm the results from earlier investigations. We also computed the Wilson depression and the plasma  $\beta$ for the observed sunspot and compare our results with earlier findings.

Key words: sunspots -- Sun: magnetic fields -- Sun: infrared

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