Testa, Paola, De Pontieu, Bart, Martínez-Sykora, Juan, DeLuca, Ed, Hansteen, Viggo, Cirtain, Jonathan, Winebarger, Amy, Golub, Leon, Kobayashi, Ken et al (2013) OBSERVING CORONAL NANOFLARES IN ACTIVE REGION MOSS. The Astrophysical Journal, 770 (1). L1. ISSN 2041-8205

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/2041-8205/770/1/L1


The High-resolution Coronal Imager (Hi-C) has provided Fe XII 193Å images of the upper transition region moss at an unprecedented spatial (0.″3-0.″4) and temporal (5.5 s) resolution. The Hi-C observations show in some moss regions variability on timescales down to 15 s, significantly shorter than the minute-scale variability typically found in previous observations of moss, therefore challenging the conclusion of moss being heated in a mostly steady manner. These rapid variability moss regions are located at the footpoints of bright hot coronal loops observed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory/Atmospheric Imaging Assembly in the 94 Å channel, and by the Hinode/X-Ray Telescope. The configuration of these loops is highly dynamic, and suggestive of slipping reconnection. We interpret these events as signatures of heating events associated with reconnection occurring in the overlying hot coronal loops, i.e., coronal nanoflares. We estimate the order of magnitude of the energy in these events to be of at least a few 1023 erg, also supporting the nanoflare scenario. These Hi-C observations suggest that future observations at comparable high spatial and temporal resolution, with more extensive temperature coverage, are required to determine the exact characteristics of the heating mechanism(s). © 2013. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

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