Fabry-Perot versus slit spectropolarimetry of pores and active network. Analysis of IBIS and Hinode data

Philip G. Judge High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research1, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder CO 80307-3000, USA; judge@ucar.edu Alexandra Tritschler, Han Uitenbroek National Solar Observatory/Sacramento Peak2, P.O. Box 62, Sunspot, NM-88349, U.S.A.; ali@nso.edu, huitenbroek@nso.edu Kevin Reardon, Gianna Cauzzi INAF – Ossevatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, I-50125 Firenze, Italy; kreardon@arcetri.astro.it, gcauzzi@arcetri.astro.it Alfred de Wijn High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder CO 80307-3000, USA; dwijn@ucar.edu
11The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation
22Operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA), for the National Science Foundation
Abstract

We discuss spectropolarimetric measurements of photospheric (Fe i 630.25 nm) and chromospheric (Ca ii 854.21 nm) spectral lines in and around small magnetic flux concentrations, including a pore. Our long-term goal is to diagnose properties of the magnetic field near the base of the corona. We compare ground-based two-dimensional spectropolarimetric measurements with (almost) simultaneous space-based slit spectropolarimetry. We address the question of noise and cross talk in the measurements and attempt to determine the suitability of Ca ii measurements with imaging spectropolarimeters for the determination of chromospheric magnetic fields. The ground-based observations were obtained May 20, 2008, with the Interferometric Bidimensional Spectrometer (IBIS) in spectropolarimetric mode operated at the Dunn Solar Telescope (DST) at Sunspot, New Mexico. The space observations were obtained with the Spectro-Polarimeter of the Solar Optical Telescope (SOT) aboard the Japanese Hinode satellite. The agreement between the near-simultaneous co-spatial IBIS and Hinode Stokes- profiles at 630.25 nm is excellent, with amplitudes compatible with to within . The IBIS measurements are affected by residual crosstalk from , arising from calibration inaccuracies, not from any inherent limitation of imaging spectroscopy. We use a PCA analysis to quantify the detected cross talk. profiles with crosstalk subtracted are in good agreement with the Hinode measurements, but are noisier owing to fewer collected photons. Chromospheric magnetic fields are notoriously difficult to constrain by polarization of Ca ii lines alone. However, we demonstrate that high cadence, high angular resolution monochromatic images of fibrils in Ca ii and H, seen clearly in IBIS observations, can be used to improve the magnetic field constraints, under conditions of high electrical conductivity. Such work is possible only with time series datasets from two-dimensional spectroscopic instruments such as IBIS, under conditions of good seeing.

Subject headings:
Sun: photosphere, chromosphere, magnetic fields, spectropolarimetry
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1. Introduction

This is first of several planned papers attempting to derive chromospheric magnetic structure using imaging spectropolarimetry, a new tool with considerable potential. Our motivation is to constrain the magnetic free energy in the solar atmosphere, the cause of many of the Sun’s most interesting observable phenomena, yet measurements of this free energy are notoriously difficult to obtain. Line-of-sight (LOS) components of photospheric magnetic fields have been measured using circularly polarized light routinely for over 50 years. Such measurements set no constraints on the free magnetic energy. It was not until credible measurements of the full polarization vector became available (Baur et al., 1980) that the free component of the magnetic energy became something amenable to observation.

But several difficulties arise. The magnetic virial theorem relates the total magnetic free energy in a volume overlying a surface to the vector field measured at that surface, provided the surface is in a force-free state (e.g. Low & Lou, 1990). Most vector field measurements are made in photospheric lines where, outside of sunspot umbrae, the fields are far from force-free. Thus one must either extrapolate the field into the overlying atmosphere, or make measurements higher in the atmosphere where the field is close to force-free (the ratio of gas to magnetic pressure, plasma , ). The first option has been pursued by many researchers with mixed success (Schrijver et al., 2008; Wiegelmann et al., 2008; De Rosa et al., 2009), in essence because the problem is non-linear (Sakurai, 1979), is usually cast into force-free form incompatible with photospheric conditions, and is also ill-posed (sensitive to boundary conditions, Low & Lou, 1990).

In this paper we begin pursuit of the second option using an imaging spectropolarimeter to observe chromospheric lines. Previous polarimetric studies of chromospheric lines have been successful in recovering magnetic fields (e.g. Metcalf et al., 1995; Solanki et al., 2003; Socas-Navarro, 2005; Harvey, 2006; Centeno et al., 2006; Pietarila et al., 2007), but are based on slit spectroscopy. As we will show, imaging spectropolarimetry is especially suited to studying the chromosphere because it has the spatial coverage and high temporal cadence needed to follow dynamic fibril motions which mostly dominate the upper chromosphere (e.g. Judge, 2006). Such work is difficult with conventional slit spectrographs. Outside of very quiet regions of the Sun, the plasma is certainly in the upper chromosphere, as can be seen by inspection of H spectroheliograms (e.g. Kiepenheuer, 1953; Athay, 1976) dominated by fibril structures resulting from the entrainment of plasma by strong magnetic fields. By using measurements of the chromospheric vector field

  • the magnetic free energy in the overlying corona follows directly from the virial theorem;

  • extrapolations into the overlying atmosphere can be made using a boundary condition which is itself force-free, unlike the photospheric case;

  • the change in regime from a forced (photospheric) to force-free state (upper chromosphere and corona) can be probed.

The third point is of more than academic interest. Recent work by Leake & Arber (2006); Arber et al. (2007) has shown that ion-neutral collisions damp components of the current density  curl B which are perpendicular to the magnetic field B. A significant component of the free energy is thus dissipated in the chromosphere before it reaches the corona.

Below, we present vector polarimetry of the photosphere (Fe i  630.25 nm) and chromosphere (Ca ii 854.21 nm) using the imaging spectropolarimeter IBIS (Cavallini, 2006; Reardon & Cavallini, 2008). However, while proven for earlier instruments (e.g., the Imaging Vector Magnetograph IVM, Mickey et al., 1996), the technique needs to be proven for IBIS, and so we combine the IBIS data with (nearly) simultaneous measurements of the same Fe i line from the slit spectropolarimeter aboard the Hinode satellite, to assess the spectropolarimetric capabilities of IBIS. Later work will present a physical analysis of these data together with H, EUV, X-ray and G band data obtained simultaneously.

2. Observations

Joint observations with the Dunn Solar Telescope (DST), Hinode, and TRACE were obtained from 13 to 21 May 2008. Only data from 20 May 2008 were of sufficient quality to merit further study and are reported here. We targeted the strongest magnetic features on the solar disk, but only small pores were observed. Two regions were observed: the first (NOAA 10996), centered near solar latitude and longitude N8.7, E10.2, was also observed by Hinode. The second (NOAA 10994, S12.4, W46.1) was observed only at the DST.

Table 1 summarizes the observations. The heliographic pointings listed between instruments were determined from a SOLIS full disk magnetogram. The SOLIS scan was obtained between 15:11:27 and 15:23:23 UT, the region shown in Figure 1 being observed by SOLIS near 15:16:15 UT over a period of 1 minute. The figure shows the context of the NOAA 10996 IBIS and Hinode spectropolarimetric measurements, in a SOLIS 630.2 nm magnetogram and a TRACE 19.5 nm image. TRACE 160 nm data obtained at 15:11 UT were used to determine the co-alignment with the SOLIS magnetogram, by eye. The SOLIS-TRACE alignment is accurate to . The 19.5 nm data shown have been corrected for the 160-19.5 nm offset using standard SolarSoft TRACE software, and are from 15:12 UT. Note that relative inter-instrument co-registration can be made at sub-arcsecond scales, smaller than the uncertainties in absolute heliographic coordinates.

It can be seen that only the upper half () of the IBIS field of view (FOV) overlapped the Hinode SP FOV. It is also clear that IBIS observed a region predominantly of negative polarity following some 50″ behind a positive polarity region. These small concentrations of magnetic flux are connected by relatively short coronal loops seen in the 19.5 nm TRACE data. There is some 19.5 nm “moss” emission associated with the photospheric field concentrations. Moss is the bright footpoint emission at the base of an overlying hotter corona (Fletcher & de Pontieu, 1999; Berger et al., 1999).

2.1. Spectropolarimetric Observations from IBIS

The IBIS observations reported here were obtained between 14:29 and 15:19 UT. IBIS is a Fabry-Pérot based filtergraph in a classical mount with a circular FOV of diameter 80 ″, rapidly tunable in wavelength (Cavallini, 2006; Reardon & Cavallini, 2008). IBIS was operated in dual-beam spectropolarimetric mode (Tritschler et al., 2009) in which two liquid crystal variable retarders (LCVRs) are placed in a collimated beam in front of the instrument, and a polarizing beam-splitter is inserted in front of the detector. The FOV is then reduced to , because the beam splitter produces a pair of simultaneous and images with Stokes , or 333We will interchangeably use the notations , and as convenient henceforth, to describe the Stokes vector and its components.. At each wavelength six modulation states were acquired sequentially, with the first beam acquired in the following order: , , , , , and . This sampling order was chosen to maximize the efficiency of the LCVR modulation. The Fe i, Ca ii and H lines were sampled with 14, 21 and 22 non-equidistant wavelength points, respectively. In H only unpolarized measurements were acquired. Thus, a full sequence consists of exposures, requiring 70 s in total. For the Fe i 630.2 nm and Ca ii 854.2 nm lines the scanning was performed by jumping sequentially between the blue and red sides of the line. To avoid detector saturation the exposure time for each individual image was set to 50 ms, which limits the polarimetric sensitivity obtainable. The instrument performed electronic binning prior to writing to disk which resulted in a detector image scale of 0.16 arcsec pixel.

The narrowband observations are supplemented with simultaneous wide band data (WB, 721 nm) covering the same FOV with a detector image scale of 0.08 ″ pixel. The WB data were used for alignment purposes and the correction of the effects of anisoplanatism (to first order) during scanning via a de-stretch algorithm using speckle reconstructed WB images as reference images. The speckle reconstructions were calculated from bursts of 77 images each (burst durations of 23 s) using the implementation by Wöger et al. (2008). G-band data covering a FOV of twice the width but the same height as the WB data were also obtained at a cadence of 0.2 s on a detector with 0.09 ″ pixel. These data are not discussed here. All observations were performed in conjunction with the high-order adaptive optics (AO) system (Rimmele, 2004). Seeing conditions were good but variable. Full calibration data sets including flats, darks, resolution targets and polarization calibration measurements were obtained before and after science observations.

The IBIS data frames were reduced following procedures described by Cauzzi et al. (2008), including dark subtraction, flat fielding, co-alignment with WB images, a blueshift correction needed because of the classical etalon mountings, de-stretching, and co-registration of all images in each sequence. The reduced frames were then combined and corrected for instrumental polarization to determine the solar Stokes vector S. The telescope calibration data used were from February 2007. A more recent calibration dataset was acquired in October 2008, but the results were not ready at the time of writing. The measured S is in a frame of reference defined by the elevation mirror of the telescope (see e.g. Skumanich et al., 1997; Beck et al., 2005). In the solar reference frame ( positive in the E-W direction on the Sun) a final rotation in the plane is required. However, prior to this rotation some care is needed because residual crosstalk from to and is evident in the data. Thus an empirical correction to using the data was applied, as described below, to try to derive the actual entering the telescope, before applying the rotation. The appendix describes the different origins of crosstalk in IBIS and the Hinode SP.

For the first target, 30 IBIS scans of 70s each were completed, for the second, just 5 scans were obtained before clouds intervened. Figure 2 shows typical IBIS filtergrams of NOAA 10996 taken in the blue wing of Fe i, Ca ii and H, at the nominal line core position of Ca ii and H, and a magnetogram constructed by subtracting (+56 mÅ) from (-74 mÅ) for the Fe i line. The seeing was examined using a 10″ square region centered near (-150″,120″), free of measurable magnetic influences. Figure 3 shows the rms intensity contrast measured with IBIS and the Hinode SP in the continuum near 630 nm, as a fraction of the mean intensity. Also shown is the 630 nm continuum rms contrast corresponding to resolution derived by Lites (2002). The AO-corrected rms contrast was variable, and so was not dominated by stray light. The seeing was clearly worse during the first and 16th-24th IBIS scans. The seeing-limited resolution of these IBIS observations, at best, corresponds to somewhere between and the resolution of Hinode SP. (Note that “resolution” of Hinode here refers to the characteristic width of the point spread function, PSF, modified by the pixel size. In terms of granular contrast statistics, the smaller Hinode SP PSF corresponds to an effective resolution close to .)

2.2. Spectropolarimetric Observations from Hinode

The Spectro-Polarimeter (SP, Lites et al., 2001) aboard Hinode (Kosugi et al., 2007) obtained “fast maps” of the 630 nm region. In typical operation mode, 112 wavelength samples of the SP CCD detector are read, each pixel having a spectral width of 0.00215 nm and a width along the slit of (Centeno et al., 2009). The 12-micron wide SP slit presents an effective width of to the solar image. The fast map mode reduces telemetry volume via an effective 2x2 binning of the image produced by the SP mapping process: the image pixel wells are binned in the direction along the slit during each read of the spectral/spatial CCD image, then successive integrations of one full rotation (1.6 sec) of the retarder polarization modulator are summed onboard. Successive integrations correspond to one step of the image perpendicular to the CCD slit: an average step size of . To further reduce the overall SP data rate for these coordinated observations as a consequence of the failure in late 2007 of the Hinode onboard X-band telemetry system (Shimizu, 2009), one of the two CCD polarimetry images was not downlinked, and for the remaining data, we retained only the central half of the full length of the SP CCD along the slit. The resulting SP fast maps for these observations were then pixels, or approximately . These maps required minutes to execute, and have an effective (square) pixel aperture of about . With the Hinode rotating retarder modulator, demodulation was accomplished via onboard summing of images corresponding to 4 phases over a half-rotation of the modulator. The Stokes vector was derived using the level 1 data product from the Hinode project which includes the 630.15 nm and 630.25 nm lines of Fe i.

While the SP observations are seeing-free, they do experience spacecraft jitter. The amplitude of the jitter is remarkably small (, Shimizu et al., 2008), which has two implications. First the images are far more stable than can be obtained from the ground. Second, the influence of jitter on the spectropolarimetry is small, when we understand jitter to have the same effect as “seeing” in the sense modeled by Lites (1987); Judge et al. (2004). This issue is reviewed in the Appendix.

3. Analysis

IBIS obtains narrow-band 2D images but must scan through multiple wavelengths to build up the spectra; the SP obtains spectra along the slit but must scan spatially perpendicular to the slit, to build up maps of the solar surface. The instruments also differ in the way the polarimetry is performed. IBIS is a “Stokes definition polarimeter”, i.e. during the IBIS integrations only for or is acquired. Other than inevitable crosstalk, which is mostly removed by the dual beam, there is no other “seeing induced crosstalk”. The combined modulation/demodulation matrices ( of Lites 1987) are diagonal. Yet such a polarimeter is still susceptible to cross-talk because the telescope mixes the four polarization states prior to entering the polarimeter in a fashion which may be imperfectly calibrated, and the modulation/demodulation is not perfect. Crosstalk induced by calibration errors varies far more slowly than seeing, and could be “calibrated out” if accurate calibration data were available. Difficulties arise because the calibration matrices are imprecisely known. Below, we will apply a simple correction for the crosstalk by simply requiring the average profiles to be symmetric around line center. The SP data show this to be a good assumption.

Every SP exposure is a linear combination of and at least two other Stokes parameters. Such measurements have significant off-diagonal terms. The SP is therefore subject to the systematic errors induced by “seeing-induced crosstalk” (again, for the SP, “image motion” means jitter). But the residual image motion is very small: the factor in Lites’ (1987) formula (15) is far less than it would have been if observing with the SP through the atmosphere. It is in this sense that we can use the SP data as fiducial values against which we compare the data from IBIS.

3.1. Polarization of Fe i 630.2 nm

In Figure 4, direct comparisons of Stokes parameters between IBIS and Hinode SP are shown. These data are typical of the entire dataset. The intensity images and magnetograms show the context of the Stokes parameters shown in the rightmost panels, which for the IBIS data shown were were extracted from the near-vertical line representing the position of the SP slit. First consider the Stokes profiles. The spatial variation of Stokes profiles along the SP slit position is remarkably similar in the two instruments. The higher angular and spectral resolution of the Hinode observations is evident. Closer scrutiny reveals that Stokes to continuum intensity ratios, , measured by Hinode are larger than those from IBIS, by a factor of typically 2.4. These differences can arise primarily because the magnetic field is spatially intermittent and not fully resolved. Consider which measures the net LOS flux per unit area in each resolution element, in the weak field limit of the Zeeman effect (e.g. Lites, 2000). This approximation not wildly incorrect for these data. Consider just one magnetic element of area and LOS field strength . The magnetic field generates an intrinsic . But when measured by an instrument integrating over area , the Stokes is diluted by the (instrument-dependent) “filling factor” . Then for instrument , is

(1)

Thus the lower the resolution (larger ), the smaller the signal, when the magnetic field is not resolved. The presence of unpolarized stray light can also reduce , but this effect is clearly smaller judging by the measured granular contrast variations. Similar arguments apply to data. The data then suggest that the IBIS profiles sample areas times those sampled by the Hinode SP instrument, thus the effective resolution of these IBIS observations is worse than that of Hinode. Taking, as noted above, the latter to be (and not twice this which is the Nyquist limit), we get for IBIS. This number is compatible with the seeing-limited resolution derived independently from Figure 3. Furthermore, the Stokes integrated over unipolar areas of several Mm observed by IBIS and Hinode SP give the same LOS magnetic flux (not flux density) to within , validating the above analysis, no unresolved flux of opposite sign being significant. Below, we will show that the IBIS and Hinode Stokes data, as reduced into principal components, have very similar leading order eigenvectors.

IBIS profiles are shown twice in Figure 4. Those marked “Orig.” are profiles obtained in the telescope reference frame. These data are clearly not symmetric about line center, and appear -like throughout. Rotation of these profiles alone to the solar reference frame only involves linear combinations of the data which will yield similar profiles with large asymmetric, -like components. The entire dataset is similarly contaminated by -like profiles. Some extra retardance has not been accounted for in the telescope calibration which converts incoming to before entering the polarimeter. Requiring that be symmetric about the (Doppler-shifted) line centers, we found that the sign and amount of crosstalk is not a strong function of time, position on the detector etc.. Thus this crosstalk can be accounted for by a fixed Mueller matrix, of which the important components lead to the corrections:

using statistical uncertainties. Figure 4 shows these corrected profiles also rotated to the solar reference frame. The agreement with Hinode SP data for is now remarkable. These corrections are just the largest terms arising from extra retardance oriented at about to the IBIS reference direction, in which become mixed via the Mueller algebra (e.g. Seagraves & Elmore, 1994). This retardance appears to arise from a thin film of oil noted on the exit port of the telescope. The corrections above were applied to the lines of both Fe and Ca.

The Hinode SP data for in the magnetic network and pore are significantly above the designed sensitivity limit of the instrument. They have essentially the symmetric profiles expected from the Zeeman effect. The heritage of Hinode’s SP is in the Advanced Stokes Polarimeter (Elmore et al., 1992; Skumanich et al., 1994) and Diffraction Limited Polarimeter (Sankarasubramanian et al., 2006). Such profiles are clearly of solar origin (e.g. Lites, 2000) and free of large systematic errors introduced, for example, by the seeing-induced (Lites, 1987; Judge et al., 2004).

3.2. Polarization of Ca ii 854.2 nm

Figure 5 shows a comparison of Fe i and Ca ii profiles for NOAA 10996, plotted as in figure 4, and from the same pixels. At the peak of the profile near the signal-to noise ratio of is 7 for the Ca ii data shown. No significant signal was detected in the Ca ii data. These data differ qualitatively from those of Fe I, as found from the analysis of Fe I 849.7 and 853.8 nm lines observed with SPINOR by Pietarila et al. (2007). Beyond 0.04 nm from line center, i.e. at wavelengths where at least the intensity is formed in the upper photosphere (Cauzzi et al., 2008), the Ca ii profiles are similar to those of Fe i in their signs and spatial distribution along the slit. Thus the nominal calibration of IBIS leads to credible Stokes signals in the parts of the Ca ii line profiles whose intensities originate in the upper photosphere. Hence, the (stronger) Stokes signals in the cores are also credible signals, formed in the chromosphere. Within 0.04 nm of the line core, the profiles are spatially much more diffuse, reflecting an expansion of magnetic flux with height, but the core profiles themselves are more complex than their photospheric counterparts.

The “magnetograms” in the second column are constructed by subtracting the blue lobes of each line’s profile from the red lobes, taking no account of Doppler shifts, at and nm from line center for Fe i and Ca ii respectively. profiles show that Ca ii “magnetograms” are a mix of Doppler, thermal and magnetic signals which cannot be interpreted straightforwardly in terms of LOS components of the chromospheric magnetic field. Nevertheless chromospheric magnetic fields are the origin of Stokes in Ca ii in this region, but there are also large influences from NLTE radiative transfer and chromospheric dynamics (Pietarila et al., 2007). In particular, the Ca ii line intensity forms over many scale heights (e.g., see figure 5 of Cauzzi et al., 2008). Hence the inner wings form in the upper photosphere where the magnetic field is relatively strong (compare the Fe i line core data with the Ca ii line wing data in Figure 2). But the core (within roughly nm of line center) forms some 1Mm ( 6-7 pressure scale heights) higher, in the middle to upper chromosphere. The core intensity data (see also figure 4 of Cauzzi et al., 2008) are dominated by magnetically-dominated fibril structures, over concentrations of photospheric magnetic flux. The question of the formation heights of Stokes for the Ca ii 854.2 nm line in such regions is complex, and will be addressed in later work. For now we simply note that contributions to can arise from the bulk of the chromosphere, spanning several pressure scale heights and including the plasma surface. Also the profiles below have two peaks and are correlated with strong line core emission, but that from to the profile is simpler and the cores are dark. Evidently the relationship between bright Ca ii emission and magnetic field is not linear in our data. Similar results have been reported elsewhere (e.g. Socas-Navarro et al., 2006).

Calibrated data for NOAA 10994 are shown in Figure 6, including profiles extracted from two columns (“a” and “b”). The local vertical of this region is at to the LOS, thus strong vertical fields are seen partially as signals from the transverse Zeeman effect, as well as . Credible profiles are observed in the Ca ii 854.2 nm line as well as the Fe i 630.2 nm line. These show perhaps some residual to crosstalk. This is not surprising given the difference in wavelength between the Fe I and Ca II lines and the unknown optical properties of the oil film.

3.3. Principal Components

Principal Component Analysis (PCA), a pattern/shape recognition method, is useful in application to solar Stokes profiles because principal components (PCs) are often directly related to underlying atmospheric parameters (Skumanich & López Ariste, 2002), for example to magnetic field strength, direction, line of sight motions, and thermal properties. Here we use it also to quantify crosstalk. PCs are the eigenvectors of the covariance matrix with components defined as

(2)

where is the Stokes vector component (one of ) at wavelength , and the angle brackets imply an average over all spatial pixels x and/or time . Denoting as the eigenvalue of and as the component of the eigenvector belonging to , any data point , spatial and/or temporal index, is represented by

(3)

where is the number of wavelengths, and

(4)

Assume that the eigenvalues/ vectors are ordered in decreasing magnitude. When the eigenvalues drop steeply with increasing , then most properties of the data are described by the first few eigenvectors in the sum. The data points across the line profiles are not completely independent of one another, and so the data can be represented by truncating the sum to values smaller than . If however, the spectrum is shallow, there is much independence between data points and a larger number of vectors are needed. In our IBIS data, Stokes have steep spectra, but and are shallower. This is because are noisy. Noise introduces linear independence between the different wavelengths across the lines, thereby flattening the eigenvalue spectrum.

Figure 7 shows the first three eigenvectors derived for SP and the IBIS dataset obtained near 14:43 UT, covering the FOV shown in 4. The IBIS data shown are calibrated but uncorrected for cross talk because our aim is to quantify the cross talk here using PCA. Consider first the data from Hinode in the figure. The PCs for Hinode and are almost symmetric around the line center and resemble the second derivative of the intensity profile, the principal component being antisymmetric. This is as expected because the Hinode and profiles arise from the first and second order Zeeman effect, respectively. While the IBIS principal component is asymmetric, so too are the PCs of . PCA has thus revealed the previously identified crosstalk in as the principal signal, but it is to be noted that the more symmetric second and third eigenvectors have eigenvalues just 0.6 and 0.2 dex below the PC’s eigenvalue. There is therefore significant signal of the appropriate symmetry in these IBIS data: the second PCs of IBIS resemble those seen with SP.

Using PCA, cross-talk can be quantified by projection of profiles onto the leading order PCs. Figure 8 shows scatter plots of leading order coefficients for and with those for , for typical observations from both instruments. There is no significant correlation for the Hinode SP data, but the IBIS coefficients are correlated, the figure lists Spearman rank correlation coefficients. The dashed lines show and , the numerical coefficients being those of section 3.1. If the data were pure cross-talk from an antisymmetric , then all points would be distributed along the plotted lines. The actual distributions show significant scatter, data for having a broader, skewed distribution. This behavior, arising from an unknown source of systematic error, highlights the limitation of the simple post-facto corrections of section 3.1. The corrected profiles are probably reliable to at best %, given the plotted scatter. Nevertheless, the PCA analysis lends support for our empirical corrections.

PCA should also help disentangle the complex Ca ii profiles, in terms of identifying the physical parameters most directly related to the Stokes profiles (Skumanich & López Ariste, 2002). Figure 9 shows the eigenvalue spectra and first few eigenvectors of the PCA expansion, for a area centered on NOAA 10994 (see Figure 6), a region chosen because it has measurable linear polarization in the Ca ii 854.2 nm line. The profiles are mostly dominated by noise (as shown by the shallow gradient in the eigenvalue spectrum, and noisy first eigenvector). But the other eigenvectors show that genuine signals are present for this small pore. Stokes contains real signal because the first eigenvector is predominantly of asymmetric form, and the eigenvalue spectrum is steeper than and . This component has no obvious net amplitude or area asymmetry, in contrast with Pietarila et al. (2007), who found a net red-asymmetry in the 854.2 nm line for some active network.

3.4. Fibrils and their motions constrain the magnetic field

Figure 5 also shows core and wing intensities of the H line from IBIS. The wing and core behavior is similar to the 854.2 nm line of Ca ii, reflecting conditions at deeper layers of the photosphere and top of the chromosphere respectively, consistent with the picture of line formation of Athay (1976). The fibril structures in the core intensity images are similar to, not identical with, those for the 854.2 nm Ca ii line. H images at a given wavelength setting of IBIS are remarkably structured. The motions of “blobs” of emission or absorption seem to trace the fibril- and hence magnetic field line- orientations. Curiously, on the red side of H, blobs appear to converge on the underlying photospheric flux concentrations. On the blue side, they diverge from them. To try to determine if these “blobs” correspond to real material motion, we show in figure 10 H data from three snapshots in the time series. The leftmost panel is the line core intensity image of the middle snapshot. The three other panels show data using PCA. The particular eigenvector which corresponds to line of sight Doppler shift, i.e. having a profile corresponding to the first derivative of the intensity profile with respect to wavelength, was identified. This component was then projected onto the data themselves at each point and time and images displayed, yielding Doppler maps. (These Doppler velocities are similar to those derived from the first wavelength moment of the profiles). Darker (lighter) profiles correspond to blue (red) shifted components. Examining the region between the two plotted circles, several dark blobs of material move away from the circle centers with time. The Doppler shifts of these blobs are towards the observer . (While less clear, movies of the red-shifted material show components converging onto the circle centers). This behavior is compatible with simple flows of absorbing material which diverge from or converge to a magnetic structure originating from the photospheric flux concentration and expanding outwards, perhaps into the corona. Hence, using proper motions (determined by eye in this case) and Doppler shifts, one can trace out the 3D vector velocity field of the entrained fibril material. In the particular blobs shown, the vector velocity has components km s, i.e. the velocity is inclined at to the plane of the sky, only from the local solar horizontal plane.

These measurements are more than a curiosity. Given the strong collisional coupling between the neutral and ionized components, and the high electrical conductivity, the 3D velocity field traces out the direction of the vector magnetic field, which is therefore also only to the horizontal plane. Such observations offer observers the important opportunity to augment spectropolarimetric measurements of chromospheric vector magnetic fields, which will always suffer from weak Zeeman-induced signals. Measurement of the LOS component of the magnetic field from Stokes , coupled with kinematic fluid velocities, determines the vector magnetic field. Chromospheric fibril observations in Ca II or H are thus far richer than suggested by inspection of Figure 5. They will be discussed in the context of constraining the chromospheric magnetic fields elsewhere.

4. Discussion

We have demonstrated the fidelity of a two-dimensional filtergraph instrument, IBIS for accurate Stokes measurements at high angular resolution, by verification through almost simultaneous measurements from the Spectro-Polarimeter on board the Hinode satellite. IBIS measurements of Stokes profiles of the Fe i 630.2 nm line are subject, as expected, to systematic errors (cross talk), which we have quantified both empirically and using Principal Component Analysis. IBIS is a Stokes Definition Polarimeter so that just one polarization state is measured during each camera integration. Therefore, the cross talk among and is of a slowly varying character, originating from errors in the telescope calibration data. An empirical correction yields profiles in remarkable agreement with the SP data, yielding credible profiles both in the Fe i 630.2 nm line, and, for a pore far from disk center at a viewing angle of , credible observations of Stokes in the chromospheric Ca ii 854.2 nm line.

We believe this is the first time that a direct comparison of spectropolarimetry has been made between slit and two-dimensional filtergraph instruments using data of the same region obtained within a few seconds of each other. (The Advanced Stokes Polarimeter had this capability by use of a slit-jaw but the results were not very good - Lites 2009, private communication). Given the intrinsic difficulty of making spectropolarimetric measurements from the ground, the excellent agreement of Stokes profiles found with near-simultaneous observations from IBIS and the Hinode SP provides strong support for the credibility of measurements made with an IBIS-like instrument. We note that the magnetic features observed here are rather weak compared with strong sunspots, and the IBIS camera is to be updated to permit a larger duty cycle and increased signal to noise.

Our goal is to diagnose properties of the magnetic field near the base of the corona using, in part, the Ca ii chromospheric lines. At face value, the Ca ii data appear to be of limited use in that under many conditions the noise is dominant in the data and corrections must be applied for inaccuracies in the telescope polarization calibration data. Other complications include difficulties concerning non-LTE transfer of in the Ca ii lines. Yet IBIS has some significant advantages over slit spectropolarimetric measurements. IBIS images can be corrected using image reconstruction techniques. This is important because an angular resolution of or better, covering fields of tens of seconds of arc with a spectral resolution of some tens of mÅ is required to see clearly the fibril structure of the upper chromosphere (see Figure 2). A cadence of 70 seconds is barely enough to track kinematic motion along the fibrils, seconds being highly desirable. Such criteria may not be achieved using slit instruments. The observation of fibril kinematics, even in unpolarized light, appears important for diagnosing chromospheric magnetic fields because fibrils not only trace out magnetic lines of force, but the partially ionized plasma is required to flow along these lines because of the large electrical conductivity. From our IBIS data for H, it appears possible to measure the velocity vector of fibril “blobs” in the plane of the sky, and along the LOS, yielding the direction of the magnetic field (to within an ambiguity of 180). Coupled with the Stokes signals which may in principle yield the LOS field strength, there is thus hope that the vector magnetic field might be constrained from such observations.

In conclusion, this dataset provides, for the first time, credible imaging spectropolarimetry from photosphere through the chromosphere together with a useful time series of resolved fibril motions in the upper chromosphere. These data can be used to place observational constraints on the vector magnetic field throughout the chromosphere. In the case of NOAA 10996, we have found that the magnetic field is highly inclined to the LOS, as in a traditional magnetic “canopy” (Giovanelli, 1982), and that the chromospheric heating rates are not simply related to the Stokes profiles of Ca ii. We will explore the possibilities further using the data described here in later publications. More generally, IBIS holds promise as a tool for chromospheric vector polarimetry in the Ca ii 854.2 nm line, following the work on a larger sunspot by Socas-Navarro (2005).

PGJ gratefully acknowledges the help of F. Woeger in speckle reconstruction, and discussions with B. W. Lites whose comments helped to improve the manuscript. Hinode is a Japanese mission developed and launched by ISAS/JAXA, collaborating with NAOJ as a domestic partner, NASA and STFC (UK) as international partners. Scientific operation of the Hinode mission is conducted by the Hinode science team organized at ISAS/JAXA. This team mainly consists of scientists from institutes in the partner countries. Support for the post-launch operation is provided by JAXA and NAOJ (Japan), STFC (U.K.), NASA (U.S.A.), ESA, and NSC (Norway). This research has also made use of NASA’s Astrophysics Data System (ADS). An anonymous referee helped us improve the presentation.

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Appendix A Origins of crosstalk

Consider for simplicity the case of a perfect polarimeter. Let M be the Mueller matrix describing the known telescope calibration parameters. The Stokes vector S entering the polarimeter is where is the (desired) solar Stokes vector. R is inferred from the modulation and analysis of instrument . Then the estimate of the solar Stokes vector from this instrument is

With (fictional) perfect knowledge of the Mueller matrix, the solar Stokes vector is

We can write where the (unknown) elements of the error matrix E are assumed small compared with - the telescope calibration matrix is close to the actual matrix. Keeping first order terms only,

which is the error in the inferred solar Stokes vector resulting from an inaccurate telescope calibration. Off-diagonal (unknown) terms in E convert the inferred values into other Stokes components. For a stable instrument, E can be considered constant or very slowly varying with time. This kind of error is present in all practical polarimeters.

In the presence of atmospheric seeing, the Stokes vector entering the telescope is a rapidly varying distortion of in which neighboring points on the solar surface are spatially smeared. Let represent the component of the Stokes vector entering the telescope from apparent position on the sky at time . Then, including just the lowest order (tip/tilt) distortions at any time , arises from a different place on the sky . Expand as a Taylor series in the solar Stokes component on the sky:

to first order (Judge et al., 2004). Here the operator and vector are vectors in the plane, is the tip-tilt component of the seeing. Let be the power spectrum of the seeing. All measurements require a finite integration time , during which the seeing varies. At all frequencies where , seeing detrimentally affects the measurements. When integrated over time , detectors record energy

(A1)

where () and depends on the polarimeter’s particular modulation and integration scheme. With many realizations of the seeing, the equation becomes

(A2)

because averages to zero when , arising from atmospheric turbulence, is statistically spatially symmetric. The components have variances arising from the seeing:

(A3)

which Lites (1987) has shown can be evaluated from the seeing power spectrum using the assumption that the seeing is a random phenomenon. Equation (A2) is a linear system for the desired solar components in terms of the measurements , subject to statistical variations described by .

For a Stokes definition polarimeter like IBIS, is non-zero only for one Stokes parameter, say. Then the above equations relate only to and . The second beam yields simultaneous measurements of equation , and this two equation system is solved for all components in terms of as usual, with uncertainties propagated via and .

But for other polarimeters, like the SP on Hinode, is non-zero for at least two of during each measurement. The above equation becomes a system of more than two equations. After eliminating the intensity from the equation using the second beam we see that Stokes parameter is also influenced though the terms . If the variances (e.g. Stokes ) are larger than the desired terms (e.g. Stokes ), then the linear system yields estimates for which are dominated in any particular realization by terms of order . In words, crosstalk arises because, during the exposure for modulation state , fluctuations in time occur in resulting from the motion of the solar image with contains structure. The great advantage of the SP is its remarkably small rms image motion, so that image-motion induced cross talk is practically negligible.

Observatory Instrument Observable Center FOV Time UT
DST IBIS Fe I 630.2, Ca II 854.2, H (-161,171) 14:29-15:05
WL white light ditto
G band G band ditto
Hinode SP Fe I 630.2 fast map (-144,210) 14:30-16:39
FG Na I D, Ca II H, G band (-137,204) ) 14:30-16:41
EIS 9 lines (-126,189) 14:30-16:37
XRT 3 bands (-139,169) 14:00:16:36
TRACE WL, 160nm, 19.5nm (-166,199) 14:01-16:42
DST IBIS Fe I 630.2, Ca II 854.2, H (666,-193) 15:12-15:19
WL white light ditto
G band G band ditto

Note. – Solar coordinates are relative to the SOLIS magnetogram obtained near 15:16 UT and are reliable to about . The center of the SP and FG images reported in the headers before 15:05 UT were quite different from those in the table, being (-151,183) and (-145,176) respectively. The TRACE image center is for the 19.5 nm band. The IBIS commanded pointing was (-165,158). The pointing is approximate for the EIS instrument.

Table 1Log of observations for 20 May 2008
Figure 1.— A context image from SOLIS (red) and TRACE (cyan) showing the areas observed around NOAA 10996 with the Hinode (spectropolarimeter- “SP”, filtergram- “FG”) and with IBIS, before 15:06 UT on 20 May 2008. The SOLIS scan began at 15:11 UT, the TRACE image shown was obtained at 15:12 UT. The image coordinates refer to the SOLIS coordinate system.
Figure 2.— Typical IBIS data of NOAA 10996 observed on 20 May 2008 from scan number 11. Almost the entire IBIS FOV is shown. The “magnetogram” is simply (-74 mÅ) minus (+56 mÅ) for the Fe i line.
Figure 3.— RMS granular contrasts are shown for the quietest regions of the IBIS and Hinode SP FOV, as measured in the continuum near 630.2 nm. Also shown is the contrast corresponding to an effective resolution derived by Lites (2002).
Figure 4.— Typical IBIS and Hinode SP polarimetric measurements of the 630.2 nm line. The upper panels show IBIS data, the lower show Hinode data. The leftmost column shows intensity images, the next column magnetograms, from IBIS (, rest wavelength.) and the FG instrument on Hinode (in Mx cm). The near-vertical line shows the position of the Hinode slit at 14:36:52 UT, from which the six rightmost images of Stokes profiles as a function of wavelength and position along the SP slit are taken. data marked “Orig.” are before subtraction of crosstalk and a final rotation in the polarization plane, the unflagged data include these corrections. IBIS profiles are extracted from the data closest in time and space to the SP measurements. Color scales are shown at the top of each image, where .
Figure 5.— A figure similar to figure 4, except that the lower panels are IBIS data for the 854.2 nm line of Ca II and H, the frame for Ca II shows .
Figure 6.— A figure similar to figure 4, showing the pore region associated with NOAA 10994 at S12.4, W46.1.
Figure 7.— The first three eigenvectors in the PCA expansion for each of the four Stokes parameters of the Fe I 630.2 nm line are shown, for the IBIS data from 14:43 UT on 20 May 2008, and the corresponding Hinode SP data. The first row is the eigenvector with the largest eigenvalue, the second and third show the eigenvectors for the second and third largest eigenvalues. The second and third rows lists log of the modulus of the eigenvalue (the largest is set to 1). The columns are labelled with the instrument and Stokes parameter. The abscissa is wavelength index.
Figure 8.— Scatter plot of the leading coefficients in the principal component expansion for Stokes and for . The dashed lines show the relations and derived empirically using the symmetry properties discussed in the text.
Figure 9.— Eigenvalues and the first three eigenvectors from a PCA analysis of the 854.2nm line of Ca II. The data are constructed from the central area of the pore, NOAA 10994, where significant linear polarization was measured.
Figure 10.— H data shown for NOAA 10996. The leftmost image is a simple intensity image, the others show the time sequence of three snapshots taken roughly 70s apart, of Doppler shifts derived using the PCA technique. Bright features are redshifted, dark features blue shifted. The dark blobs near 8 o’clock (see the arrow) propagate roughly outwards from the centers of the circles marking a bright concentration of magnetic flux. These data are qualitatively compatible with magnetic field-directed flows along the magnetic fields originating from the flux concentration and expanding into the overlying corona. The velocity vectors can in principle yield the direction of the magnetic field.
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