Volume 620, December 2018
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||12 December 2018|
Flows and magnetic field structures in reconnection regions of simulations of the solar atmosphere: Do flux pile-up models work?
Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK
2 Department of Mathematics, University of Waikato, P. B. 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand
3 Plasma Dynamics Group, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
4 Plasma Dynamics Group, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RH, UK
5 Instituto de Geofísica, Unidad Michoacán, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
6 Laboratorio de Inteligencia Artificial y Supercómputo., Instituto de Física y Matemáticas, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
Accepted: 21 September 2018
Aims. We study the process of magnetic field annihilation and reconnection in simulations of magnetised solar photosphere and chromosphere with magnetic fields of opposite polarities and constant numerical resistivity.
Methods. Exact analytical solutions for reconnective annihilations were used to interpret the features of magnetic reconnection in simulations of flux cancellation in the solar atmosphere. We used MURaM high-resolution photospheric radiative magneto-convection simulations to demonstrate the presence of magnetic field reconnection consistent with the magnetic flux pile-up models. Also, a simulated data-driven chromospheric magneto-hydrodynamic simulation is used to demonstrate magnetic field and flow structures, which are similar to the theoretically predicted ones.
Results. Both simulations demonstrate flow and magnetic field structures roughly consistent with accelerated reconnection with magnetic flux pile-up. The presence of standard Sweet–Parker type reconnection is also demonstrated in stronger photospheric magnetic fields.
Key words: Sun: atmosphere / Sun: magnetic fields / Sun: photosphere / Sun: chromosphere
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