The EUV Sun as the superposition of elementary Suns

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Amblard, P. -O.
Moussaoui, S.
de Wit, T. Dudok
Aboudarham, J.
Kretzschmar, M.
Lilensten, J.
Auchere, F.
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Many studies assume that the solar irradiance in the EUV can be decomposed into different contributions, which makes the modelling of the spectral variability considerably easier. We consider a different approach, in which these contributions are not imposed a priori but are effectively and robustly inferred from spectral irradiance measurements. This is a source separation problem with a positivity constraint, for which we use a Bayesian solution. Using five years of daily EUV spectra recorded by the TIMED/SEE satellite, we show that the spectral irradiance can be decomposed into three elementary spectra. Our results suggest that they describe different layers of the solar atmosphere rather than specific regions. The temporal variability of these spectra is discussed.
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