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Analysis and Modeling of Two Flare Loops Observed by AIA and EIS View all abstracts by submitter

Ying Li   Submitted: 2012-08-27 20:06

We analyze and model an M1.0 flare observed by SDO/AIA and Hinode/EIS to investigate how flare loops are heated and evolve subsequently. The flare is composed of two distinctive loop systems observed in EUV images. The UV 1600 Å emission at the feet of these loops exhibits a rapid rise, followed by enhanced emission in different EUV channels observed by AIA and EIS. Such behavior is indicative of impulsive energy deposit and the subsequent response in overlying coronal loops that evolve through different temperatures. Using the method we recently developed, we infer empirical heating functions from the rapid rise of the UV light curves for the two loop systems, respectively, treating them as two big loops of cross-sectional area 5arcsec by 5arcsec, and compute the plasma evolution in the loops using the EBTEL model (Klimchuk et al. 2008). We compute the synthetic EUV light curves, which, with the limitation of the model, reasonably agree with observed light curves obtained in multiple AIA channels and EIS lines: they show the same evolution trend and their magnitudes are comparable by within a factor of two. Furthermore, we also compare the computed mean enthalpy flow velocity with the Doppler shift measurements by EIS during the decay phase of the two loops. Our results suggest that the two different loops with different heating functions as inferred from their footpoint UV emission, combined with their different lengths as measured from imaging observations, give rise to different coronal plasma evolution patterns captured both in the model and observations.

Authors: Y. Li, J. Qiu, M. D. Ding
Projects: SDO-AIA

Publication Status: Accepted for publication in ApJ
Last Modified: 2012-08-28 12:31
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