A publicly available simulation of an enhanced network region of the Sun
Context. The solar chromosphere is the interface between the solar surface and the solar corona. Modelling of this region is difficult because it represents the transition from optically thick to thin radiation escape, from gas-pressure domination to magnetic-pressure domination, from a neutral to an ionised state, from MHD to plasma physics, and from near-equilibrium (LTE) to non-equilibrium conditions.
Aims: Our aim is to provide the community with realistic simulations of the magnetic solar outer atmosphere. This will enable detailed comparison of existing and upcoming observations with synthetic observables from the simulations, thereby elucidating the complex interactions of magnetic fields and plasma that are crucial for our understanding of the dynamic outer atmosphere.
Methods: We used the radiation magnetohydrodynamics code Bifrost to perform simulations of a computational volume with a magnetic field topology similar to an enhanced network area on the Sun.
Results: The full simulation cubes are made available from the Hinode Science Data Centre Europe. The general properties of the simulation are discussed, and limitations are discussed.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- January 2016
- magnetohydrodynamics (MHD);
- radiative transfer;
- Sun: atmosphere;
- Sun: chromosphere;
- Sun: transition region;
- Sun: corona;
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
- accepted for publication in Astronomy &