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Measuring Elemental Abundances in Impulsive Heating Events with EIS

  • Submitted by: Harry Warren, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Authors: H. Warren & G. Doschek
  • Session: Monday morning posters.

It is well established that elemental abundances vary in the solar atmosphere and that this variation is organized by first ionization potential (FIP). Previous studies have indicated that in the solar corona low FIP elements, such as Fe, Si, and Mg, are enriched relative to high FIP elements, such as H, He, C, N, and O. In this paper we report on measurements of plasma composition made during transient heating events observed at transition region temperatures with the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS) on Hinode. During these events the intensities of O IV, V, and VI emission lines are enhanced relative to emission lines from Mg V, VI, and VII and indicate a composition close to that of the photosphere. Differential emission measure calculations show a broad distribution of temperatures in these events. Long-lived coronal structures, in contrast, show an enrichment of low FIP elements and relatively narrow temperature distributions. We conjecture that plasma composition is an important signature of the coronal heating process, with impulsive heating generally leading to the evaporation of unfractionated material from the lower layers of the solar atmosphere and higher frequency heating leading to the accumulation of low-FIP elements in the corona.

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