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Study of Two Successive Three-Ribbon Solar Flares on 2012 July 6 View all abstracts by submitter

Haimin Wang   Submitted: 2013-12-23 19:02

This Letter reports two rarely observed three-ribbon flares (M1.9 and C9.2) on 2012 July 6 in NOAA AR 11515, which we found with Hα observations of 0.1'' resolution from the New Solar Telescope and CaII H images from Hinode. The flaring site is characterized with an intriguing ''fish-bone-like'' morphology evidenced by both Hα images and a nonlinear force-free field (NLFFF) extrapolation, where two semi-parallel rows of low-lying, sheared loops connect an elongated, parasitic negative field with the sandwiching positive fields. The NLFFF model also shows that the two rows of loops are asymmetric in height and have opposite twists, and are enveloped by large-scale field lines including open fields. The two flares occurred in succession in half an hour and are located at the two ends of the flaring region. The three ribbons of each flare run parallel to the PIL, with the outer two lying in the positive field and the central one in the negative field. Both flares show surge-like flows in Hα apparently toward the remote region, while the C9.2 flare is also accompanied by EUV jets possibly along the open field lines. Interestingly, the 12-25 keV hard X-ray sources of the C9.2 flare first line up with the central ribbon then shift to concentrate on the top of the higher branch of loops. These results are discussed in favor of reconnection along the coronal null-line producing the three flare ribbons and the associated ejections.

Authors: Haimin Wang, Chang Liu, Na Deng, Zhicheng Zeng, Yan Xu, Ju Jing and Wenda Cao
Projects: None

Publication Status: ApJL accepted
Last Modified: 2013-12-24 06:12
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