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Limitations of Absolute Current Densities Derived from the Semel & Skumanich Method View all abstracts by submitter

Jing Li   Submitted: 2009-06-24 15:41

Semel and Skumanich proposed a method to obtain the absolute electric current density, |J_z|, without disambiguation of 180 degree in the transverse field directions. The advantage of the method is that the uncertainty in the determination of the ambiguity in the magnetic azimuth is removed. Here, we investigate the limits of the calculation when applied to a numerical MHD model. We found that the combination of changes in the magnetic azimuth with vanishing horizontal field component leads to errors, where electric current densities are often strong. Where errors occur, the calculation gives |J_z| too small by factors typically 1.2~2.0.

Authors: Jing Li, Yuhong Fan
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Publication Status: October 2009 on Science in China Series G: Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy, special issue of ?International Workshop of 2008 Solar Total Eclipse?
Last Modified: 2009-06-25 13:25
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