Fr.: photosphère de corps noir
The → blackbody surface of the → Universe defined at a → redshift of about z ≥ 2 × 106. This is distinct from the → last scattering surface, in other words the → cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR), which refers to z = 1100. Prior to the epoch of the blackbody photosphere the distortions from the → Big Bang are exponentially suppressed.
1) The visible surface of the Sun (temperature 5700 K), just below the
→ chromosphere and just above the
→ convective zone.
The solar photosphere is a thin layer of roughly 300 km wide.
Its temperature decreases uniformly with height,
from about 6,600 K (pressure 0.868
→ millibars) at its bottom, to about 4,400 K (pressure 125 mb),
where it merges with the chromosphere. The photosphere has a
"rice-grain" appearance, called
→ granulation, caused by rising (hot) and falling (cool)
material in the → convective cells just below the photosphere.
Other main features of the photosphere are → sunspots,
→ faculae, and → supergranulation.