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Time-Distance analysis of the Emerging Active Region NOAA 10790  

Serhij Zharkov   Submitted: 2008-07-25 09:58

We investigate the emergence of Active Region NOAA 10790 by means of time-distance helioseismology. Shallow regions of increased sound speed at the location of increased magnetic activity are observed, with regions becoming deeper at the locations of sunspot pores. We also see a long-lasting region of decreased sound speed located underneath the region of the flux emergence, possibly relating to a temperature perturbation due to magnetic quenching of eddy diffusivity, or to a dense flux tube. We detect and track an object in the subsurface layers of the Sun characterised by increased sound speed which could be related to emerging magnetic flux and thus obtain a provisional estimate of the speed of emergence of around 1 { m km s-1}.

Authors: S.Zharkov, M.J.Thompson
Projects: SoHO-MDI

Publication Status: Solar Physics, in press
Last Modified: 2008-09-23 20:54
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