Solar Science with the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array-A New View of Our Sun
Review article, 2016

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a new powerful tool for observing the Sun at high spatial, temporal, and spectral resolution. These capabilities can address a broad range of fundamental scientific questions in solar physics. The radiation observed by ALMA originates mostly from the chromosphere-a complex and dynamic region between the photosphere and corona, which plays a crucial role in the transport of energy and matter and, ultimately, the heating of the outer layers of the solar atmosphere. Based on first solar test observations, strategies for regular solar campaigns are currently being developed. State-of-the-art numerical simulations of the solar atmosphere and modeling of instrumental effects can help constrain and optimize future observing modes for ALMA. Here we present a short technical description of ALMA and an overview of past efforts and future possibilities for solar observations at submillimeter and millimeter wavelengths. In addition, selected numerical simulations and observations at other wavelengths demonstrate ALMA's scientific potential for studying the Sun for a large range of science cases.








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S. Wedemeyer

University of Oslo

Czech Academy of Sciences

T. Bastian

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

R. Brajsa

University of Zagreb

Czech Academy of Sciences

H. Hudson

University of Glasgow

University of California

G. Fleishman

New Jersey Institute of Technology

M. Loukitcheva

Saint Petersburg State University - Spsu

Max Planck Society

B. Fleck

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

E. P. Kontar

University of Glasgow

B. De Pontieu

University of Oslo

Lockheed Martin Corporation

P. Yagoubov

European Southern Observatory (ESO)

S. K. Tiwari

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

R. Soler

University of the Balearic Islands

John H Black

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics

P. Antolin

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

E. Scullion

Trinity College Dublin

S. Gunar

Czech Academy of Sciences

University of St Andrews

N. Labrosse

University of Glasgow

H. G. Ludwig

Astronomisches Rechen-Institut Heidelberg

A. O. Benz

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

S. M. White

Kirtland Air Force Base

P. H. Hauschildt

University of Hamburg

J. G. Doyle

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

V. M. Nakariakov

The University of Warwick

T. Ayres

University of Colorado at Boulder

P. Heinzel

Czech Academy of Sciences

M. Karlicky

Czech Academy of Sciences

T. Van Doorsselaere

KU Leuven

D. Gary

New Jersey Institute of Technology

C. E. Alissandrakis

University of Ioannina

A. Nindos

University of Ioannina

S. K. Solanki

Max Planck Society

Kyung Hee University

L. R. van der Voort

University of Oslo

M. Shimojo

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Y. Kato

University of Oslo

T. Zaqarashvili

University of Graz

Ilia State University (ISU)

E. Perez

University of Glasgow

C. L. Selhorst

University of Paraíba Valley

M. Barta

Czech Academy of Sciences

Space Science Reviews

0038-6308 (ISSN) 1572-9672 (eISSN)

Vol. 200 1-4 1-73

Subject Categories

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology



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