Solar prominence magnetic configurations derived numerically from convection
Department of Mathematics, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, USA
Accepted: 28 February 2001
The solar convection zone may be a mechanism for generating the magnetic fields in the corona that create and thermally insulate quiescent prominences. This connection is examined here by numerically solving a diffusion equation with convection (below the photosphere) matched to Laplace's equation (modeling the current free corona above the photosphere). The types of fields formed resemble both Kippenhahn-Schlüter and Kuperus-Raadu configurations with feet that drop into supergranule boundaries.
Key words: supergranulation / convection / prominences
© ESO, 2001