Volume 442, Number 1, October IV 2005
|Page(s)||331 - 343|
|Published online||30 September 2005|
Prominence fine structures in a magnetic equilibrium
II. A grid of two-dimensional models
Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 25165 Ondřejov, Czech Republic e-mail: [pheinzel;gunar]@asu.cas.cz
2 Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 1, 85740 Garching, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Astronomical Institute, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Accepted: 1 July 2005
We construct a grid of 2D vertical-thread models for prominence fine structures which are in magnetohydrostatic (MHS) equilibrium. Such thread models have been described in a previous paper by Heinzel & Anzer (2001), but here we use a modified 2D transfer code with an adaptive MHS grid. Multilevel non-LTE transfer calculations are now performed for a 12-level plus continuum hydrogen model atom, in order to study the behaviour of the Lyman-series lines observed by SOHO/SUMER. Our grid consists of 18 models which cover a range of central column masses, magnetic-field intensities and two parameters characterising the 2D temperature structure of the thread. Since different Lyman lines and their parts (line center, peak, wings) are formed at different places within the thread, the Lyman series may serve as a good diagnostic tool for thermodynamic conditions varying from central cool parts to a prominence-corona transition region. We demonstrate this behaviour for various lines, showing their synthetic profiles as seen from two perpendicular directions along and across the magnetic field lines, respectively, and displaying the respective contribution functions. This study confirms our earlier conclusion that the Lyman line profiles are much more reversed when seen across the field lines, compared to those seen along the lines. The latter can be even unreversed. We also show the geometrical cross-section (shape) of all 18 models. Their thread-like shape with a considerable aspect ratio resembles recent high-resolution Hα images. Finally, we discuss the relation of our thread models to the vertical threads studied by Fontenla et al. (1996, ApJ, 466, 496).
Key words: Sun: prominences / magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) / radiative transfer / line: profiles
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