Recent observational work has shown that the emission in different layers of the solar atmosphere can de described statistically. For example, Pauluhn et al. (2000) show that the frequency distribution of quiet Sun emission in EUV lines is well fit by a lognormal distribution. In addition, Parnell (2002) has shown that the frequency distribution of discrete magnetic elements in the quiet Sun is well fit by a Weibull distribution. These distributions arise naturally from fragmentation studies of materials such as polymers and sediments. It is suggested that fragmentation and its related phenomena may be of use in describing the physics of how the above distributions appear on the Sun.
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