Solar Physics

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 61–86 | Cite as

A concentric ellipse multiple-arch system in the solar corona

  • Kuniji Saito
  • Charles L. Hyder


A typical concentric ellipse multiple-arch system was observed in the solar corona during the February 4, 1962 eclipse in New Guinea. The following results have been obtained from analysis of a white-light photograph taken by N. Owaki (see Owaki and Saito, 1967a).
  1. (1)

    The arches are composed of four equidistant components, elliptical in shape, and almost concentric with a prominence at the common center of the ellipses.

  2. (2)

    The prominence and arch system appears to be the lower region of a helmet-shaped streamer.

  3. (3)

    The widths of the arches are observed to increase with height.

  4. (4)

    Analysis was made in the light of three models for the coronal structures that could lead to the observed arches: (a) rod-like concentrations of electrons; (b) tunnel-shaped elliptical shells of electrons; and (c) dome-like ellipsoidal shells of electrons. Electron densities are derived for the models, and the dome-like model is excluded as a possibility for arch systems exhibiting a coronal cavity.

  5. (5)

    The scale height in the arch-streamer region is found to be almost the same as that of the K-corona, suggesting equal temperatures, density distributions, etc. in each region.

  6. (6)

    There is a dark space (a coronal cavity) between the innermost arch and the prominence. The brightness of this cavity is 1/5 that of the adjacent arch. It is 3% brighter than the background corona of the arch-streamer system.

  7. (7)

    A comparison is made between the deficiency of electrons in the coronal cavity and the excess of electrons in the prominence. It is found that the ratio of the excess to the deficiency lies between 0.9 and 40.

  8. (8)

    A comparison between the electron efflux from the ‘leaky magnetic bottle’ possibly formed by rod-shaped coronal arches and the electron influx into those arches from the chromosphere leads us to the conclusion that the rod model is probably valid and that spicules appear to be an adequate supply for the electrons observed in the arches. The tunnel model may be valid, but in that case spicules are probably not the sources of the electrons observed in coronal arches.



Solar Corona Lower Region Scale Height Adequate Supply Tunnel Model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kuniji Saito
    • 1
  • Charles L. Hyder
    • 2
  1. 1.Tokyo Astronomical Observatory and Sacramento Peak Observatory, Air Force Cambridge Research LaboratoriesSunspotUSA
  2. 2.Sacramento Peak Observatory, Air Force Cambridge Research LaboratoriesSunspotUSA

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