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Steady flows in the chromosphere and transition-zone above active regions as observed by OSO-8Two years of data from the University of Colorado ultraviolet spectrometer aboard OSO-8 were searched for steady line-of-sight flows in the chromosphere and transition-zone above active regions. The most conspicuous pattern that emerges from this data set is that many sunspots show persistent blueshifts of transition-zone lines indicating velocities of about 20 km/s with respect to the surrounding plage areas. The data show much smaller shifts in ultraviolet emission lines arising from the chromosphere: the shifts are frequently to the blue, but sometimes redshifts do occur. Plage areas often show a redshift of the transition-zone lines relative to the surrounding quiet areas, and a strong gradient of the vertical component of the velocity is evident in many plages. One area of persistent blueshift was observed in the transition-zone above an active region filament. The energy requirement of these steady flows over sunspots is discussed.
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Legacy CDMS
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Reprint (Version printed in journal)
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Lites, B. W.
(Colorado, University Boulder, Colo., United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1980
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Publication: Solar Physics
Volume: 68
Subject Category
Solar Physics
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