MILLIONS OF TINY EXPLOSIONS CAUSE THE SOLAR CORONA
Supplementary material for a joint AAS/SPD - AGU/SPA press briefing, 10am EDT 28-April-2015
New results being presented at the
first Triennial Earth-Sun Summit (TESS) in Indianapolis, Indiana reveal
and confirm that the mysteriously hot solar corona is heated by tiny,
ultrahot "nanoflares" that are no larger than hydrogen bombs.
The briefing is complete. [Audio recording]. The briefing follows the "Integrated slides" presentation files below.
Associated NASA press release: [Word] [ASCII]
- Dr. James Klimchuk (NASA/GSFC): The importance of “nanoflares”
- Dr. Adrian Daw (NASA/GSFC): A “smoking gun” reveals ultrahot nanoflare plasma in the corona
- Dr. Iain Hannah (University of Glasgow): NuSTAR X-ray observations confirm the presence of ultrahot plasma
- Dr. Stephen Bradshaw (Rice University): Why we haven’t seen nanoflare signatures before
Slides presented during the briefing: [Keynote] [PowerPoint] [PDF (images only)]
Supplementary images: [PDF]
AAS/SPD Press Officer