Flux distribution of solar intranetwork magnetic fields

Jingxiu Wang, Haimin Wang, Frances Tang, Jeongwoo W. Lee, Harold Zirin

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Big Bear deep magnetograms of June 4, 1992 provide unprecedented observations for direct measurements of solar intranetwork (IN) magnetic fields. More than 2500 individual IN elements and 500 network elements are identified and their magnetic flux measured in a quiet region of 300 × 235 arc sec. The analysis reveals the following results: (1) IN element flux ranges from 1016 Mx (detection limit) to 2 × 1018 Mx, with a peak flux distribution of 6 × 1016 Mx. (2) More than 20% of the total flux in this quiet region is in the form of IN elements at any given time. (3) Most IN elements appear as a cluster of mixed polarities from an emergence center (or centers) somewhere within the network interior. (4) The IN flux is smaller than the network flux by more than an order of magnitude. It has a uniform spatial distribution with equal amount of both polarities. It is speculated that IN fields are intrinsically different from network fields and may be generated from a different source as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-288
Number of pages12
JournalSolar Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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