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Coronal Loop Scaling Laws for Various Forms of Parallel Heat Conduction View all abstracts by submitter

Eduard Kontar   Submitted: 2019-07-30 08:55

The solar atmosphere is dominated by loops of magnetic fluxes that connect the multi-million degree corona to the much cooler chromosphere. The temperature and density structure of quasi-static loops are determined by the continuous flow of energy from the hot corona to the lower solar atmosphere. Loop scaling laws provide relationships between global properties of the loop (such as the peak temperature, pressure, and length); they follow from the physical variable dependencies of various terms in the energy equation, and, hence, the form of the loop scaling law provides insight into the key physics that control the loop structure. Traditionally, scaling laws have been derived under the assumption of collision-dominated thermal conduction. Here, we examine the impact of different regimes of thermal conduction?collision-dominated, turbulence-dominated, and free-streaming?on the form of the scaling laws relating the loop temperature and heating rate to its pressure and half-length. We show that the scaling laws for turbulence-dominated conduction are fundamentally different than those for collision-dominated and free-streaming conduction, inasmuch as the form of the scaling laws now depend primarily on conditions at the low-temperature, rather than high-temperature, part of the loop. We also establish regimes in the temperature and density space in which each of the applicable scaling laws prevail.

Authors: Stephen J. Bradshaw, A. Gordon Emslie, N. H. Bian, and Eduard P. Kontar

Publication Status: ApJ in press
Last Modified: 2019-07-31 12:12
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