SSALMON - the Solar Simulations for the Atacama Large Millimeter Observatory Network

S. Wedemeyer, T. Bastian, R. Brajša, M. Barta, H. Hudson, G. Fleishman, M. Loukitcheva, B. Fleck, E. Kontar, B. De Pontieu, S. Tiwari, Y. Kato, R. Soler, P. Yagoubov, J. H. Black, P. Antolin, S. Gunár, N. Labrosse, A. O. Benz, A. NindosM. Steffen, E. Scullion, J. G. Doyle, T. Zaqarashvili, A. Hanslmeier, V. M. Nakariakov, P. Heinzel, T. Ayres, M. Karlicky

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The Solar Simulations for the Atacama Large Millimeter Observatory Network (SSALMON) was initiated in 2014 in connection with two ALMA development studies. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a powerful new tool, which can also observe the Sun at high spatial, temporal, and spectral resolution. The international SSALMONetwork aims at co-ordinating the further development of solar observing modes for ALMA and at promoting scientific opportunities for solar physics with particular focus on numerical simulations, which can provide important constraints for the observing modes and can aid the interpretation of future observations. The radiation detected by ALMA originates mostly in the solar chromosphere – a complex and dynamic layer between the photosphere and corona, which plays an important role in the transport of energy and matter and the heating of the outer layers of the solar atmosphere. Potential targets include active regions, prominences, quiet Sun regions, flares. Here, we give a brief overview over the network and potential science cases for future solar observations with ALMA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2679-2692
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number12
Early online date26 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • Solar atmosphere
  • Chromosphere
  • Millimeter radiation
  • ALMA


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