Institution(s): 1. Naval Research Laboratory
The solar chromosphere is the dynamic, physically complex, layer that lies between the visible solar surface and the magnetically dominated corona. Despite being a moderator of the amount of mass, magnetic field, and energy, that is transferred into the solar corona and the heliosphere and beyond, there are still important open questions regarding the chromosphere. Recent advancements in both observation and theoretical descriptions of the chromosphere have created new ideas about how the chromosphere controls the transfer of the above quantities from the Sun's interior into the heliosphere. Open questions still remain, such as, how is the chromosphere heated, and how do chromospheric events such as spicules, jets, reconnection, and wave propagation and dissipation contribute to the mass and energy balance in the solar atmosphere. Central to these questions are extensions to the standard magneto-hydro-dynamic (MHD) model of the Sun, such as non-local-thermodynamic-equilibrium radiation, and multi-fluid physics.
In this talk, we summarize the importance of these extensions and look for the necessary developments to answer open questions about the chromosphere.