While magnetic flux emergence is ubiquitous on the Sun and relatively well observed, the opposite process, flux submergence, is elusive. In the absence of large-scale submergence processes, it has always been assumed that submergence occurs at granular or smaller scales. Models that explain flux rope and filament formation near neutral lines, specifically need small-scale submergence. The same is true for dynamo models that propose the repair of the large-scale toroidal tubes after they have emerged to the surface. However, the detection of field lines being pulled back down into the solar photosphere has escaped clear detection. In this work, I demonstrate that DKIST capabilities are uniquely tailored to observe and characterize small-scale flux submergence, if it indeed happens on the Sun. By searching for transverse fields at small scales and studying their Doppler shifts, an understanding of the nature of flux submergence can be achieved. Such studies are particularly relevant near magnetic neutral lines where filaments are formed though poorly understood processes.
AAS/Solar Physics Division Abstracts #47
- Pub Date:
- May 2016