Imaging of the solar interior: Possibilities and limitations

Alexander G. Kosovichev, Thomas L. Duvall

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Helioseismic tomography is a promising new method for probing 3-D structures and flows beneath the solar surface. It is based on observation of solar acoustic waves, and provides great possibilities for studying the birth of active regions in the Sun's interior and for understanding the relation between the internal dynamics of active regions and chromospheric and coronal activity. We discuss observational requirements, challenges and limitations of this technique for investigating physical processes in the solar interior on their intrinsic spatial and temporal scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-340
Number of pages14
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventInnovative Telescopes and Instrumentation for Solar Astrophysics - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 24 2002Aug 28 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Acoustic tomography
  • Helioseismology
  • Solar activity
  • Solar interior


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