Microscale Structures on the Quiet Sun and Coronal Heating

TitleMicroscale Structures on the Quiet Sun and Coronal Heating
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsAletti, V., Velli M., Bocchialini K., Einaudi G., Georgoulis M., and Vial J.-C.
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Date PublishedNov

We present some results concerning transient brightenings on the quiet Sun, based on data from the Extreme-Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope on board the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Histograms of intensity are found to be well fitted by χ$^{2}$ distributions for small values of the intensity, while at high intensities power-law distributions are always observed. Also, the emission presents the same statistical properties when the resolution is downgraded by local averaging; i.e., it appears to be self-similar down to the resolution scale of the instruments. These properties are characteristic of the emission from a forced turbulent system whose dissipation scale is much smaller than the pixel dimension. On the basis of the data presented as well as other published results and our present theoretical understanding of MHD turbulence, we discuss the realism of the nanoflare scenario of coronal heating.