High-resolution wave dynamics in the lower solar atmosphere

D. B. Jess*, P. H. Keys, M. Stangalini, S. Jafarzadeh

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Abstract

The magnetic and convective nature of the Sun's photosphere provides a unique platform from which generated waves can be modelled, observed and interpreted across a wide breadth of spatial and temporal scales. As oscillations are generated in-situ or emerge through the photospheric layers, the interplay between the rapidly evolving densities, temperatures and magnetic field strengths provides dynamic evolution of the embedded wave modes as they propagate into the tenuous solar chromosphere. A focused science team was assembled to discuss the current challenges faced in wave studies in the lower solar atmosphere, including those related to spectropolarimetry and radiative transfer in the optically thick regions. Following the Theo Murphy international scientific meeting held at Chicheley Hall during February 2020, the scientific team worked collaboratively to produce 15 independent publications for the current Special Issue, which are introduced here. Implications from the current research efforts are discussed in terms of upcoming next-generation observing and high-performance computing facilities. 

Original languageEnglish
Article number20200169
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume379
Issue number2190
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 08 Feb 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding was provided by The Royal Society Hooke Committee, through the award of a Theo Murphy Meeting that would take place at Chicheley Hall, England, UK, during 10–11 February 2020 (figure 1). Including the 12 core WaLSA team members, the Theo Murphy Meeting welcomed 28 participants from around the world for an intensive 2-day meeting. Following the successful presentations and discussions at the ‘High-resolution wave dynamics in the lower solar atmosphere’ meeting, sufficient scientific momentum was generated to enable a special themed issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A (https://royalsocietypublishing.org/journal/rsta) to be published based on the scientific achievements of the participating cohort and their extended collaborative networks.

Funding Information:
Data accessibility. This article has no additional data. Authors’ contributions. D.B.J., P.H.K., M.S. and S.J. acted as Guest Editors for the ‘High-resolution wave dynamics in the lower solar atmosphere’ Special Issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. All authors drafted, read and approved this introduction. Competing interests. We declare we have no competing interests. Funding. This study was supported by UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) (grant nos. ST/K004220/1, ST/L002744/1 and ST/T00021X/1); Invest NI and Randox Laboratories Ltd. Research & Development Grant (grant no. 059RDEN-1); European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 682462); Research Council of Norway through its Centres of Excellence scheme (project no. 262622); European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 724326); Research Council of Norway (project no. 262622); and The Royal Society (grant no. Hooke18b/SCTM). Acknowledgements. D.B.J. would like to thank the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (ST/K004220/1), in addition to dedicated standard and consolidated grants (ST/L002744/1 and ST/T00021X/1) that allowed this project to be started. DBJ also wishes to thank Invest NI and Randox Laboratories Ltd. for the award of a Research and Development Grant (059RDEN-1) that supported the development of computational techniques. S.J. acknowledges support from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 682462) and from the Research Council of Norway through its Centres of Excellence scheme (project no. 262622). We wish to acknowledge scientific discussions with the Waves in the Lower Solar Atmosphere (WaLSA; www.WaLSA.team) team, which is supported by the Research Council of Norway (project no. 262622) and the Royal Society (award no. Hooke18b/SCTM). We are also grateful to the Royal Society staff, including Alice Power, Chloe Mavrommatis, Yan Zhao, Annabel Sturgess and Amie Mustill for their guidance, advice and patience when helping us plan the Theo Murphy meeting and editing the current Special Issue.

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Keywords

  • Sun: Atmosphere
  • Sun: Magnetic fields
  • Sun: Oscillations
  • Sun: Photosphere
  • sunspots
  • techniques: Polarimetric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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