Article on solar science with ALMA in March issue of the ESO Messenger.

New Eyes on the Sun — Solar Science with ALMA

(by S. Wedemeyer)

Abstract: In Cycle 4, which starts in October 2016, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) will be open for regular observations of the Sun for the first time. ALMA’s impressive capabilities have the potential to revolutionise our understanding of our host star, with far-reaching implications for our knowledge about stars in general. The radiation emitted at ALMA wavelengths originates mostly from the chromosphere — a complex and dynamic layer between the photosphere and the corona that is prominent during solar eclipses. Despite decades of intensive research, the chromosphere is still elusive due to its complex nature and the resulting challenges to its observation. ALMA will change the scene substantially by opening up a new window on the Sun, promising answers to long-standing questions.

 

 

 

Published Mar. 30, 2016 5:43 PM - Last modified Apr. 5, 2016 9:39 AM