Volume 499, Number 1, May III 2009
|Page(s)||L5 - L8|
|Published online||25 March 2009|
Letter to the Editor
Probing nanoflares with observed fluctuations of the coronal EUV emission
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 19 March 2009
Context. Recent analysis of the EUV emission of the solar Active Region observed with TRACE (Sakamoto et al. 2008, ApJ, 689, 1421) revealed fluctuations which are significantly larger than the estimated photon noise and other instrumental effects. This was considered as a signature of a multiple-strand structure of coronal loops that originates from numerous sporadic coronal heating events (nanoflares).
Aims. The present Letter aims to put these findings into a broader context of the nanoflare heating scenario.
Methods. Simultaneous TRACE and Yohkoh/SXT observations were interpreted by using theoretical predictions of the forward modelling of the nanoflare heating.
Results. It is estimated that in the coronal active region impulsive heating events have a typical energy of with the average occurrence rate of . These could result in the hot corona with the filling factor as large as .
Conclusions. It is demonstrated that analysis of small fluctuations of the coronal emission can provide a useful tool for probing the mechanism of solar coronal heating.
Key words: Sun: corona / Sun: UV radiation
© ESO, 2009
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