Indexed on: 01 Jul '97Published on: 01 Jul '97Published in: Solar Physics
Fine structure of brightness inhomogeneities with ΔI r.m.s. = 2.9% was discovered on the extreme limb of the Sun on the best quality white-light photographs obtained at the Soviet Stratospheric Solar Observatory. The concept is that temperature inhomogeneities are responsible for the limb structure. The real value δT r.m.s. = 109K is required to explain our observations. Another possible explanation is that small-scale magnetic flux tubes with the realistic filling factor f* = 1% are the source of the limb brightness fluctuations.