On Lyman-line asymmetries in quiescent prominences

TitleOn Lyman-line asymmetries in quiescent prominences
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGunár, S., Heinzel P., Anzer U., and Schmieder B.
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Date PublishedOct

Aims: We study the asymmetries of the synthetic hydrogen Lyman lines and the process responsible for their formation. Methods: To obtain the synthetic Lyman line profiles, we use a multi-thread prominence fine-structure model consisting of identical 2D threads. The 2D thread models are in MHS equilibrium, include an empirical prominence-corona transition region, and solve consistently 2D non-LTE radiative transfer. Each thread of the multi-thread model has a randomly assigned line-of-sight (LOS) velocity. Results: The synthetic Lyman spectrum obtained by multi-thread modelling exhibits substantial asymmetries of the line profiles, even though the LOS velocities of individual threads are only of the order of 10 km s$^{-1}$. Moreover, our results indicate that the synthetic Lyman-α profiles may exhibit an opposite asymmetry to that of the higher Lyman lines. Conclusions: The presence and behaviour of the asymmetrical profiles of the synthetic Lyman lines agree with observed profiles acquired by SUMER. Appendix A is only available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org