The Messenger Astronomical Science

Exploring the Sun with ALMA

Authors
  • Bastian, Timothy S. [National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville, USA]
  • Bárta, Miroslav [Astronomical Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Ondřejov, Czech Republic]
  • Brajša, Roman [Hvar Observatory, Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb, Croatia]
  • Chen, Bin [Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA]
  • Pontieu, Bart De [Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Lab, Palo Alto, USA; Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics, University of Oslo, Norway]
  • Gary, Dale E. [Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA]
  • Fleishman, Gregory D. [Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA]
  • Hales, Antonio S. [National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville, USA; Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO), Santiago, Chile]
  • Iwai, Kazumasa [Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University, Japan]
  • Hudson, Hugh [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK; Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, USA]
  • Kim, Sujin [Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Daejeon, Republic of Korea; University of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Republic of Korea]
  • Kobelski, Adam [Department of Physics and Astronomy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA]
  • Loukitcheva, Maria [Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA; Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Göttingen, Germany; Astronomical Institute, St. Petersburg University, Russia]
  • Shimojo, Masumi [National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Tokyo, Japan; Department of Astronomical Science, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), Tokyo, Japan]
  • Skokić, Ivica [Astronomical Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Ondřejov, Czech Republic; Hvar Observatory, Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb, Croatia]
  • Wedemeyer, Sven [Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics, University of Oslo, Norway]
  • White, Stephen M. [Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Albuquerque, USA]
  • Yan, Yihua [National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China]

Section
Astronomical Science
Abstract

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Observatory opens a new window onto the Universe. The ability to perform continuum imaging and spectroscopy of astrophysical phenomena at millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths with unprecedented sensitivity opens up new avenues for the study of cosmology and the evolution of galaxies, the formation of stars and planets, and astrochemistry. ALMA also allows fundamentally new observations to be made of objects much closer to home, including the Sun. The Sun has long served as a touchstone for our understanding of astrophysical processes, from the nature of stellar interiors, to magnetic dynamos, non-radiative heating, stellar mass loss, and energetic phenomena such as solar flares. ALMA offers new insights into all of these processes.


Dates
Created: 2018-03-01/2018-03-31
Length
6 pages

Cite this article:

T. Bastian, M. Bárta, R. Brajša, B. Chen, B. Pontieu, D. Gary, G. Fleishman, A. Hales, K. Iwai, H. Hudson, S. Kim, A. Kobelski, M. Loukitcheva, M. Shimojo, I. Skokić, S. Wedemeyer, S. White, Y. Yan; Exploring the Sun with ALMA. The Messenger 171 (March 2018): 25–30. https://doi.org/10.18727/0722-6691/5065