Solar Physics

, Volume 286, Issue 1, pp 255–270 | Cite as

Prominence Cavity Regions Observed Using SWAP 174 Å Filtergrams and Simultaneous Eclipse Flash Spectra

PROBA2 – FIRST TWO YEARS OF SOLAR OBSERVATION

Abstract

SWAP images from PROBA2 taken at 174 Å in the Fe ix/x lines are compared with simultaneous slitless flash spectra obtained during the solar total eclipse of 11 July 2010. Myriad faint low-excitation emission lines together with the He i and He ii Paschen α chromospheric lines are recorded on eclipse spectra where regions of limb prominences are obtained with space-borne imagers. We analyzed a deep flash spectrum obtained by summing 80 individual spectra to evaluate the intensity modulations of the continuum. Intensity deficits are observed and measured at the prominences boundaries in both eclipse and SWAP images. The prominence cavities interpreted as a relative depression of plasma density, produced inside the corona surrounding the prominences, and some intense heating occurring in these regions, are discussed. Photometric measurements are shown at different scales and different, spectrally narrow, intervals for both the prominences and the coronal background.

Keywords

Prominences Prominence- corona interface Helium spectra 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UMR 7095, CNRS and UPMC ParisInstitut d’Astrophysique de ParisParisFrance
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentPayame Noor UniversityTehranIran

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