Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Publication Title

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Volume

495

First Page

621

Last Page

630

DOI

DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:200810436

Abstract

Aims. We investigate the photometric signature of magnetic flux tubes in the solar photosphere.Methods. We developed two-dimensional, static numerical models of isolated and clustered magnetic flux tubes.We investigated the emergent intensity profiles at different lines-of-sight for various spatial resolutions and opacity models. Results. We found that both geometric and photometric properties of brightmagnetic features are determined not only by the physical properties of the tube and its surroundings, but also by the particularities of the observations, including the line/continuum formation height, the spatial resolution, and the image analysis techniques applied. We show that some observational results presented in the literature can be interpreted by considering bright magnetic features to be clusters of smaller elements, rather than a monolithic flux tube.

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