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On Lyman-line asymmetries in quiescent prominences

Abstract : Aims: We study the asymmetries of the synthetic hydrogen Lyman lines and the process responsible for their formation.
Methods: To obtain the synthetic Lyman line profiles, we use a multi-thread prominence fine-structure model consisting of identical 2D threads. The 2D thread models are in MHS equilibrium, include an empirical prominence-corona transition region, and solve consistently 2D non-LTE radiative transfer. Each thread of the multi-thread model has a randomly assigned line-of-sight (LOS) velocity.
Results: The synthetic Lyman spectrum obtained by multi-thread modelling exhibits substantial asymmetries of the line profiles, even though the LOS velocities of individual threads are only of the order of 10 km s-1. Moreover, our results indicate that the synthetic Lyman-alpha profiles may exhibit an opposite asymmetry to that of the higher Lyman lines.
Conclusions: The presence and behaviour of the asymmetrical profiles of the synthetic Lyman lines agree with observed profiles acquired by SUMER.
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Stanislav Gunár, Petr Heinzel, U. Anzer, Brigitte Schmieder. On Lyman-line asymmetries in quiescent prominences. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, 2008, 490, pp.307-313. ⟨10.1051/0004-6361:200810127⟩. ⟨hal-03786500⟩



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