Volume 481, Number 1, April I 2008
Science with Hinode
|Page(s)||L53 - L56|
|Published online||09 January 2008|
Letter to the Editor
Density structure of an active region and associated moss using Hinode/EIS
Department of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA, UK e-mail: [D.Tripathi;H.E.Mason]@damtp.cam.ac.uk
2 STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0QX, UK e-mail: P.R.Young@rl.ac.uk
3 Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6NT, UK e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 30 November 2007
Context.Studying the problem of active region heating requires precise measurements of physical plasma parameters such as electron density, temperature, etc. It is also important to understand the relationship of coronal structures with the magnetic field. The Extreme-ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS) aboard Hinode provides a rare opportunity to derive electron density simultaneously at different temperatures.
Aims.We study the density structure and characterise plasma in active regions and associated moss regions. In addition, we study its relationship to the photospheric magnetic field.
Methods.We used data recorded by the EIS, together with magnetic field measurements from the Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI) aboard SoHO and images recorded with the Transition Region And Coronal Explorer (TRACE) and X-Ray Telescope (XRT/Hinode).
Results.We find that the hot core of the active region is densest with values as high as 1010.5 cm-3. The electron density estimated in specific regions in the active region moss decreases with increasing temperature. The moss areas were located primarily on one side of the active region, and they map the positive polarity regions almost exactly. The density within the moss region was highest at , with a value around 10 cm-3. The moss densities were highest in the strong positive magnetic field region. However, there was no such correlation for the negative polarity areas, where there was a large sunspot.
Key words: Sun: atmosphere / Sun: activity / Sun: corona / Sun: magnetic fields / Sun: transition region / Sun: UV radiation
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