Saturday 28 February 2015

1D Solar Atmosphere Models in IDL: Gingerich et al (HSRA)

The Harvard-Smithsonian Reference Atmosphere (HSRA) by Gingerich et al (1971, 1971SoPh...18..347G) is another widely used semi-empirical model of the idealized plane-parallel solar atmosphere in hydrostatic equilibrium. This model also includes the chromosphere where the hydrogen ionization is solved using the statistical equilibrium equations. The model is still often used as the reference solar atmosphere in 1D and its number of citations steadily grows (> 820 so far). The paper is very clearly written and it's a very recommendable reading especially if you use this model. Beside the model itself, there is several tables with computed intensities, brightness temperature, optical depths at different wavelengths, etc.