Deconstructing active region AR10961 using STEREO, HINODE, TRACE and SOHO

Noglik, Jane B., Walsh, Robert William orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-1025-9863, Maclean, Rhona C. and Marsh, M. S. (2009) Deconstructing active region AR10961 using STEREO, HINODE, TRACE and SOHO. The Astrophysical Journal, 703 (2). p. 1923. ISSN 0004-637X

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Active region 10961 was observed over a five day period (2007 July 2-6) by instrumentation on-board STEREO, Hinode, TRACE and SOHO. As it progressed from Sun centre to the solar limb a comprehensive analysis of the EUV, X-ray and magnetic field data reveals clearly observable changes in the global nature of the region.
Temperature analyses undertaken using STEREO EUVI double filter ratios and XRT single and combined filter ratios demonstrate an overall cooling of the region from between 1.6 - 3.0 MK to 1.0 - 2.0 MK over the five days. Similarly, Hinode EIS density measurements show a corresponding increase in density of 27%. Moss, cool (1 MK) outer loop areas and hotter core loop regions were examined and compared with potential magnetic field extrapolations from SOHO MDI magnetogram data. In particular it was found that the potential field model was able to predict the structure of the hotter X-ray loops and that the larger cool loops seen in 171 Angstrom images appeared to follow the separatrix surfaces. The reasons behind the high density moss regions only observed on one side of the active region are examined further.

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