Seminars of the Focus Area Complex Systems

Prof. Dr. C. Beta, Prof. Dr. K. Dethloff, Prof. Dr. R. Engbert, Prof. Dr. M. Holschneider, Prof. Dr. W. Huisinga, Prof. Dr. Ralf Metzler, Prof. Dr. A. Pikovsky, Prof. Dr. S. Reich, Prof. Dr. M. Rosenblum, Prof. Dr. G. Rüdiger, Prof. Dr. T. Scheffer, Prof. Dr. F. Scherbaum, Prof. Dr. J. Selbig, Prof. Dr. F. Spahn


Speaker: Yuri Litvinenko, Department of Mathematics, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Title: Evolution of the axial magnetic field in solar filament channels

Time: Wed, Jan 27, 2010, 2pm

Place: Building 28, Room 2.100

A key observational condition for solar filament formation is flux cancellation at a polarity inversion line. Magnetic reconnection in the photosphere is the accepted mechanism of cancellation.

An MHD model for magnetic merging in a stagnation-point flow is presented. An exact analytical solution for the time-dependent axial magnetic field profile is derived. The maximum magnetic field in the channel is determined and its dependence on the reconnection inflow speed is discussed.

The results show that the rate of filament channel formation increases in the presence of a stronger magnetic field along the channel, in agreement with recent observations. The observed maximum magnetic field in a channel can serve as an indicator of the photospheric reconnection rate.

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