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Paper: Coronal Loop Temperatures Obtained with Hinode XRT: A Toothpaste-Tube Analogy
Volume: 415, The Second Hinode Science Meeting: Beyond Discovery-Toward Understanding
Page: 299
Authors: Schmelz, J. T.; Saar, S. H.; Weber, M. A.; DeLuca, E. E.; Golub,L.
Abstract: Multi-filter data observed by the Hinode X-Ray Telescope on 10 and 2007 July 13 were used to investigate the thermal properties of coronal loops. At several positions along the loops, differential emission measure analysis revealed a strong peak at log T = 6.1 (which would predict the presence of a TRACE loop) and a much weaker hot component (which we speculated might be a nanoflare signature). TRACE observations, however, did not reveal the predicted loop, so we were forced to re-examine our assumptions. Good differential emission measure results require high- and low-temperature constraints, but our data sets did not contain images from the thinnest and thickest filters, which would be most likely to provide these constraints. Since differential emission measure programs aim to match observed intensities and get low values of χ2, they may place emission measure in high- and low-temperature bins where it does not belong. We draw an analogy to squeezing the toothpaste tube in the middle. Our analysis was repeated for a loop observed on 2007 May 13 when the instrument acquired data in 11 filters and filter combinations, including both the thinnest and thickest filters. These results show that the loop is multi-thermal, with significant emission measure in the range 6.0 < log T < 6.5.
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