The three-dimensional structure of sunspots
II. The moat flow at two different heights
Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
2 Artep. Inc., Naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Ave. SW, Washington DC 20375, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 2 November 2009
Aims. Many sunspots are surrounded by a radial outflow called the moat flow. We investigate the moat flow at two different heights of the solar atmosphere for a sunspot whose magnetic properties were reported in the first paper of this series.
Methods. We use two simultaneous time series taken with the Transition Region And Coronal Explorer (TRACE) in white light and in the UV at 170 nm. The field-of-view is centered on the small sunspot NOAA 10886 located near disk center. Horizontal velocities are derived by applying two different local correlation tracking techniques.
Results. Outflows are found everywhere in the moat. In the inner moat, the velocities from the UV series are larger than those from white light, whereas in the outer part of the moat we find the converse result.
Conclusions. The results imply that the white light velocities represent a general outflow of the quiet sun plasma in the moat, while UV velocities are dominated by small bright points that move faster than the general plasma flow.
Key words: sunspots / Sun: UV radiation
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