A model of solar flares based on arcade field reconnection and merging of magnetic islands

G. S. Choe, C. Z. Cheng

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摘要

Solar flares are intense, abrupt releases of energy in the solar corona. In the impulsive phase of a flare, the intensity of hard x-ray emission reaches a sharp peak indicating the highest reconnection rate. It is often observed that an x-ray emitting plasma ejecta (plasmoid) is launched before the impulsive phase and accelerated throughout the phase. Thus, the plasmoid ejection may not be an effect of fast magnetic reconnection as conventionally assumed, but a cause of fast reconnection. Based on resistive magnetohydrodynamic simulations, a solar flare model is presented, which can explain these observational characteristics of flares. In the model, merging of a newly generated magnetic island and a preexisting island results in stretching and thinning of a current sheet, in which fast magnetic reconnection is induced. Recurrence of homologous flares naturally arises in this model. Mechanisms of magnetic island formation are also discussed.

原文English
頁(從 - 到)2330-2336
頁數7
期刊Physics of Plasmas
9
發行號5
DOIs
出版狀態Published - 2002 五月

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 凝聚態物理學

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