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Somaye Hosseini Rad , Nasibe Alipour , and Hossein Safari
Energetics of Solar Coronal Bright Points
Energetics of Solar Coronal Bright Points Somaye Hosseini Rad1, Nasibe Alipour1, and Hossein Safari1 Published 2021 January 7 • © 2021. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 906, Number 1Citation Somaye Hosseini Rad et al 2021 ApJ 906 59 152 Total downloads Turn on MathJax Get permission to re-use this article Share this article Article information Abstract The several-million-degree, low-density quiet solar corona requires a total energy-loss flux of about 3 × 105 erg cm−2 s−1. Solar coronal bright points (CBPs) are ubiquitous in the quiet Sun. They may release magnetic energy to heat the solar corona, but their contribution to the energy flux has not been determined yet. We used an automatic identification and tracking method for CBPs, which was developed based on the support vector machine classifier and Zernike moments of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) observations from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory. We applied a spatial synthesis differential emission measure method and a Vertical-Current Approximation Nonlinear Force-Free Field technique to extract the thermal and magnetic energetics of the CBPs, respectively. By analyzing 7.5 yr (within the solar cycle 24) of AIA observations, we show that the average thermal energy and magnetic free energy of 140,000 CBPs are positively correlated with sunspots. However, the number of CBPs and sunspots are highly anti-correlated. We calculate a total energy-loss flux (sum of the radiative and conductive loss flux) of about (4.84 ± 1.60) × 103 erg cm−2 s−1 for the system of CBPs. Therefore, it is about 1.61% ± 0.53% of the total energy-loss flux of quiet corona. By extending the distribution of the magnetic Poynting flux and energy-loss flux for CBPs to nanoflares, the total magnetic Poynting flux and total energy-loss flux are obtained to be in the range of 1.48 × 105 to 1.57 × 106 and 3.86 × 104 to 2.35 × 105 erg cm−2 s−1, respectively.