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Flare Ribbons Approach Observed by the IRIS and the SDO View all abstracts by submitter

Ting Li   Submitted: 2017-09-12 21:49

We report flare ribbons approach (FRA) during a multiple-ribbon M-class flare on 2015 November 4 in NOAA AR 12443, obtained by the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph and the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The flare consisted of a pair of main ribbons and two pairs of secondary ribbons. The two pairs of secondary ribbons were formed later than the appearance of main ribbons, with respective time delays of 15 and 19 minutes. The negative-polarity main ribbon spread outward faster than the first secondary ribbon with the same polarity in front of it, and thus the FRA was generated. Just before their encounter, the main ribbon was darkening drastically and its intensity decreased by about 70% in 2 minutes, implying the suppression of main-phase reconnection that produced two main ribbons. The FRA caused the deflection of the main ribbon to the direction of secondary ribbon with a deflection angle of about 60 degree. Post-approach arcade was formed about 2 minutes later and the downflows were detected along the new arcade with velocities of 35-40 km s-1, indicative of the magnetic restructuring during the process of FRA. We suggest that there are three topological domains with footpoints outlined by the three pairs of ribbons. Close proximity of these domains leads to deflection of the ribbons in agreement with the magnetic field topology.

Authors: Ting Li, Jun Zhang & Yijun Hou
Projects: IRIS

Publication Status: accepted for publication in ApJ
Last Modified: 2017-09-13 12:22
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