Vol 10, No 6 (2010) / Song

The heating of the solar transition region

Wen-Bin Song, Xue-Shang Feng, Fang Shen


The temperature curve in the solar chromosphere has puzzled astronomers for a long time. Referring to the structure of supergranular cells, we propose an inductive heating model. It mainly includes the following three steps. (1) A small-scale dynamo exists in the supergranulation and produces alternating small-scale magnetic fluxes; (2) The supergranular flow distributes these small-scale fluxes according to a regular pattern; (3) A skin effect occurs in the alternating and regularly-distributed magnetic fields. The induced current is concentrated near the transition region and heats it by resistive dissipation.


Sun: transition region— Sun: granulation

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