Volume 404, Number 3, June IV 2003
|Page(s)||1139 - 1144|
|Published online||06 June 2003|
On the nature of extended EUV filaments
Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, 85740 Garching, Germany
2 Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 25165 Ondřejov, Czech Republic
Corresponding author: U. Anzer, email@example.com
Accepted: 14 April 2003
This paper describes the properties of extended EUV filaments and the theoretical modelling of them. We summarise the general aspects of the depression of EUV-line emission and give an interpretation of recent filament observations in transition-region and coronal lines. The EUV filament was found to be located relatively high in the corona (at least 20 000 km above the solar surface) and this requires an MHD scenario alternative to the parasitic-polarity model of Aulanier & Schmieder (2002). Here we present a new idea for the support of cool gas in the magnetic arcade of a prominence which is capable of explaining both wide and vertically extended EUV filaments. Our mechanism is based upon the twisting of individual flux tubes, similar to the one which was suggested by Priest et al. (1989). Finally, the consequences of this new model are discussed.
Key words: Sun: filaments / Sun: magnetic fields / Sun: UV radiation
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