Solar hydrogen-Lyman continuum observations with SOHO/SUMER
Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Bât. 121, Université Paris Sud-CNRS, 91405 Orsay, France e-mail: Susanna.Parenti@medoc-ias.u-psud.fr
Accepted: 10 August 2005
In this work we analyze the emission of the H Lyman continuum (HI LyC) in the Quiet Sun (QS) and a solar prominence, in order to derive information on the temperature of the emitting plasma. We used the spectral atlas obtained with SOHO/SUMER detector A in 1999 (Parenti et al. 2005, A&A, 443, 679). The high spectral resolution of this instrument allows a good selection of the continuum, free from emission lines. However, in the HI LyC wavelength domain, the data suffer from large radiometric uncertainties, which lead us to use detector B as a reference. We obtained electron temperatures of 8281 K ± 280 K and 7564 K ± 230 K in two separate parts of the prominence.
Key words: Sun: prominences / Sun: UV radiation / Atlases
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