FORWARD: A Toolset for Multiwavelength Coronal Magnetometry

Sarah E. Gibson, Therese A. Kucera, Stephen M. White, James B. Dove, Yuhong Fan, Blake C. Forland, Laurel A. Rachmeler, Cooper Downs, Katharine K. Reeves
2016 Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences  
Determining the 3D coronal magnetic field is a critical, but extremely difficult problem to solve. Since different types of multiwavelength coronal data probe different aspects of the coronal magnetic field, ideally these data should be used together to validate and constrain specifications of that field. Such a task requires the ability to create observable quantities at a range of wavelengths from a distribution of magnetic field and associated plasma-i.e., to perform forward calculations. In
more » ... rd calculations. In this paper we describe the capabilities of the FORWARD SolarSoft IDL package, a uniquely comprehensive toolset for coronal magnetometry. FORWARD is a community resource that may be used both to synthesize a broad range of coronal observables, and to access and compare synthetic observables to existing data. It enables forward fitting of specific observations, and helps to build intuition into how the physical properties of coronal magnetic structures translate to observable properties. FORWARD can also be used to generate synthetic test beds from MHD simulations in order to facilitate the development of coronal magnetometric inversion methods, and to prepare for the analysis of future large solar telescope data.
doi:10.3389/fspas.2016.00008 fatcat:mhekkowltvbydg5jr7dyjtbkam