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11 February 2003 The Reconnection And Microscale (RAM) Solar-Terrestrial Probe
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A hot, magnetized plasma such as the solar corona has the property that much of the physics governing its activity takes place on remarkably small spatial and temporal scales, while the response to this activity occurs on large scales. Observations from SMM, TRACE, SOHO and Yohkoh have shown that typical solar active regions have loops ranging in temperature from 0.5 to 10 MK, and flares up to 40MK. The spatial and temporal domains involved have been heretofore inaccessible to direct observations from Earth, so that theory has relied heavily on extrapolations from more accessible regimes, and on speculation. The RAM Solar-Terrestrial Probe consists of a set of carefully selected imaging and spectroscopic instruments that enable definitive studies of the dynamics and energetics of the solar corona.
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Jay A. Bookbinder, Edward DeLuca, Peter Cheimets, Leon Golub, Donald M. Hassler, Clarence M. Korendyke, Paul E. Glenn, and Eric H. Silver "The Reconnection And Microscale (RAM) Solar-Terrestrial Probe", Proc. SPIE 4853, Innovative Telescopes and Instrumentation for Solar Astrophysics, (11 February 2003);


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