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The Causes of Peripheral Coronal Loop Contraction and Disappearance Revealed in a Magnetohydrodynamic Simulation of Solar Eruption View all abstracts by submitter

Chaowei Jiang   Submitted: 2021-05-21 04:01

The phenomenon of peripheral coronal loop contraction during solar flares and eruptions, recently discovered in observations, has gradually drawn the attention of solar physicists. However, its underlying physical mechanism is still uncertain. One possible mechanism is Hudson's implosion conjecture, which attributes the contraction of peripheral coronal loops to magnetic pressure reduction in the magnetic energy liberation core, while other researchers proposed alternative explanations. In previous observational studies we also note the disappearance of peripheral shrinking loops in the late phase, of which there is a lack of investigation and interpretation. In this paper, we exploit a full MHD simulation of solar eruption to study the causes of the two phenomena. It is found that the loop motion in the periphery is well correlated with magnetic energy accumulation and dissipation in the core, and the loop shrinkage is caused by a more significant reduction in magnetic pressure gradient force than in magnetic tension force, consistent with the implosion conjecture. The peripheral contracting loops in the late phase act as inflow to reconnect with central erupting structures, which destroys their identities and naturally explains their disappearance. We also propose a positive feedback between the peripheral magnetic reconnection and the central eruption.

Authors: Juntao Wang, Chaowei Jiang*, Ding Yuan, and Peng Zou
Projects: None

Publication Status: Published in ApJ
Last Modified: 2021-05-23 10:47
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