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The solar transition region that spans the temperature range from about 20,000 to 1,000,000 K separates the solar chromosphere from the corona. All energy that heats the corona and powers the solar wind must pass through this part of the solar atmosphere. This book summarizes recent ultraviolet and extreme ultraviolet observations of the transition region, the empirical models derived from them, and the physical models that try to explain both the observations and the empirical models. The observational focus is on quiet solar transition region observations made with Skylab and subsequent rocket and satellite experiments. The book also presents a unified discussion of the analysis of ultraviolet and extreme ultraviolet spectroscopic data including the determination of the emission measure and density and temperature diagnostics. This will be useful to astrophysicists who are confronting high-resolution ultraviolet and extreme ultraviolet data from astrophysical plasmas for the first time.Read more
- Summarizes recent ultraviolet and extreme ultraviolet observations of the transition region
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"...an illuminating, complete and evenhanded treatment of the complex lower boundary of the solar atmosphere. John Mariska is particularly qualified to write it since he has participated in the space observation program, and has also contributed to the theory and computer modeling of the transition region....a pleasure to read, felicitously written and well produced, with a good reference list. I will use this book, and recommend it to those with interests in the interpretation and analysis of UV and EUV spectra, and in the structure of stellar atmospheres." Gerard van Hoven, Comments on Astrophysics
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- Date Published: January 1993
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521382618
- length: 290 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 179 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.769kg
- contains: 65 b/w illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print June 2006
Table of Contents
2. Emission-line spectroscopy
3. Emission-line intensity observations
4. Physical conditions
5. High-resolution spectroscopy
6. Empirical transition region models
7. Physical transition region models
8. The transition region in perspective
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