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Volume 368, Number 1, March II 2001
Page(s) 280 - 284
Section The Sun
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20000487

A&A 368, 280-284 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20000487

A Dirichlet problem with applications to solar prominences

I. McKaig

Department of Mathematics, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, VA, USA
    e-mail: tcmckai@tc.cc.va.us

(Received 11 October 2000 / Accepted 5 December 2000)

Convective motions in the photosphere and sub-photosphere may be responsible for generating the magnetic fields that support long-lived quiescent solar prominences. The connection is explored here by solving a Dirichlet problem on a semi-infinite strip where the base of the strip is the photosphere, and the strip extends into a current free corona. Even though the convection is simulated only by a one-dimensional potential prescribed at the photosphere it is found that both Kippenhahn-Schlüter and Kuperus-Raadu type fields are possible.

Key words: supergranulation -- convection -- prominences

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