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Magnetic field topology from non-force free extrapolation and magnetohydrodynamic simulation of its eventual dynamics

  • Sushree S. Nayak (a1), R. Bhattacharyya (a1), A. Prasad (a1) and Q. Hu (a2)

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Magnetic reconnections (MRs) for various magnetic field line (MFL) topologies are believed to be the initiators of solar eruptive events like flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Consequently, important is a thorough understanding and quantification of the MFL topology and their evolution which leads to MRs. Contemporary standard is to extrapolate the coronal MFLs using equilibrium models where the Lorentz force on the coronal plasma is zero everywhere. In tandem, a non-force-free-field (NFFF) extrapolation scheme has evolved and allows for a Lorentz force which is non-zero only at the photosphere but asymptotically vanishes with height. The paper reports magnetohydrodynamic (MHD)- simulations initiated by NFFF extrapolation of the coronal MFLs for a flare producing active region NOAA 11158. Interestingly, quasi-separatrix layers (QSLs) which facilitate MRs are detected in the extrapolated MFLs and, here the paper makes an attempt to asses the role of QSLs in the flare onsets.

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Magnetic field topology from non-force free extrapolation and magnetohydrodynamic simulation of its eventual dynamics

  • Sushree S. Nayak (a1), R. Bhattacharyya (a1), A. Prasad (a1) and Q. Hu (a2)

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