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Mapping the Magnetic Field of Flare Coronal Loops
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Number of Authors: 122019 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 874, no 2, article id 126Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Here, we report on the unique observation of flaring coronal loops at the solar limb using high-resolution imaging spectropolarimetry from the Swedish 1 m Solar Telescope. The vantage position, orientation, and nature of the chromospheric material that filled the flare loops allowed us to determine their magnetic field with unprecedented accuracy using the weak-field approximation method. Our analysis reveals coronal magnetic field strengths as high as 350 G at heights up to 25 Mm above the solar limb. These measurements are substantially higher than a number of previous estimates and may have considerable implications for our current understanding of the extended solar atmosphere.

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2019. Vol. 874, no 2, article id 126
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instrumentation: polarimeters, Sun: chromosphere, Sun: corona, Sun: flares, Sun: magnetic fields, techniques: polarimetric
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168578DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab08e9ISI: 000462885200008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168578DiVA, id: diva2:1317722
Available from: 2019-05-23 Created: 2019-05-23 Last updated: 2019-12-04Bibliographically approved

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