Statistical comparison of the observed and synthetic hydrogen Lyman line profiles in solar prominences
Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 25165 Ondřejov, Czech Republic e-mail: email@example.com
2 Observatoire de Paris, Section de Meudon, 92195 Meudon Principal Cedex, France
3 Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 1, 85740 Garching, Germany
Accepted: 23 January 2010
Aims. We analyse a unique set of prominence SOHO/SUMER Lyman spectra by comparing it with synthetic spectra obtained by 2D multi-thread prominence fine-structure models.
Methods. We employed a novel statistical approach to the analysis of the observed and synthetic Lyman spectra. We compared the statistical distributions of the line properties of the observed and synthetic Lyman spectra using a set of four statistical criteria.
Results. We demonstrate the very good agreement between the observed Lyman spectra and synthetic spectra obtained by modelling.
Conclusions. Our set of statistical criteria is well-suited to analyses of the prominence Lyman spectra because of its sensitivity to a number of different parameters governing the conditions in the prominence fine structures.
Key words: Sun: filaments, prominences / radiative transfer / line: profiles / techniques: spectroscopic
© ESO, 2010